Chinese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy widely practiced and revered in the Sinosphere. The philosophy is:
When studying calligraphy, if our only focus is on the form of the brush strokes, then we are neglecting the other aspects of our body and mind. If we don't have the awareness of our present state of body and mind, then we do the calligraphy in vain.
If we calm our minds and qi, relax our body and pay attention to our breath, all the brushstrokes - solid and void, lifting and pressing, turning and twisting, are actually an extension of our bodies and minds. When you have understood calligraphy, you have understood the nature of existence.
The course is conducted in English. The Four Treasures of the Study - the ink brush, ink, paper(made of rice & bamboo), and inkstone are provided by us. Qigong (breathing and healing exercises) will be practiced during the intervals of the calligraphy workshop.
Students study calligraphy at their own pace. Everyone's course is individually created according to their own level, so weekly attendance is not mandatory. Join this class anytime.
Where: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
RMB 300/Door Price/Single Class
RMB 250/Discounted Prepaid Price
Pre-payment for 5 classes RMB 1,100 (don't need to be consecutive);
It includes English-speaking teacher and all materials.
Payment Methods: Please click the link here for all six payment options. Since the day tours and classes involve relatively small amount of money, we recommend you to ask your Chinese friends or colleagues to help you transfer the money by WeChat Wallet or Ali Pay, the easiest and fastest ways to make payments in China.
Note: Prepayment shall be made at least one working day before 5pm Beijing time prior to the tour/class time (before Friday 5pm if the tour/class is on Sunday), so CCC staffs are able to check and confirm. If you use international credit card wire the fee (which may take some time), please send us a photocopy of your receipt (a picture by your cellphone) to prove.
Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel after you made prepayment, please let us know (by phone call) 48 hours in advance. 20% of tour/event fee will be charged for cancellation if you do it within 48 hours, 50% of tour/event fee will be charged if you cancel within 24 hours’ notice.
About the Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash painting are closely related, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural arts because they emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life. According to Stanley-Baker, "Calligraphy is sheer life experienced through energy in motion that is registered as traces on silk or paper, with time and rhythm in shifting space its main ingredients."
Calligraphy has also led to the development of many forms of art in China, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and inkstones.
More on the Class
Calligraphy Course for English-Speaking Students (No Mandarin experience necessary)
Taught by an English-speaking instructor, this class emphasizes the proper posture, breathing, and brush-handling techniques needed to write a character that has the proper “spirit,” rather than one that rigidly conforms to a model. A combination of demonstrations and individualized tips makes up each class.
Content of the Calligraphy Course
Our course combines calligraphy practice with meditation techniques and philosophy to create a dynamic learning environment. In this course, you will:
* Gain knowledge of the Four Treasures (brush, ink, paper, and ink stone)
* Learn writing techniques through one-on-one instruction
* Understand the symbolic meaning of the Chinese characters you write
* Try your hand at major styles of calligraphy: oracle, bronze ware, bamboo slab, and cursive
* Create works of art in a soothing environment
* Cultivate concentration with a relaxed mind and body
* Appreciate the inner relationship between writing and Qi/breathing.
Size of the class:
2-12 people per class
If you sign up in a group with more than 4 people, please call ahead to confirm there are available spaces.
In order to properly accommodate everyone who wishes to attend this course, we need to know exactly how many people will be attending.Please notify us at least 3 hours before that you plan to attend a session. Registering online is preferred, but you can give us a call if internet reservation is not convenient. No walk-ins.
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