In Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy, your calligraphy teacher, Fatima Gao, will introduce you to the history of this 6000-year-old script, as well as the basic techniques on how to hold the brush and how to write single strokes. And by the end of each class, you’ll have created your own pieces of calligraphy to hang in your home or share with friends. You don’t need to bring anything except your body and mind. Many believe they work together to create the beauty in the characters. All other equipment is provided and no previous experience is necessary.
Class will be held on Sunday afternoons for 10 weeks, from 2pm – 4pm.
The course is split into two parts.
Part 1: Seal Script (Classes 1 – 5)
Seal script is the oldest script in the history Chinese calligraphy, and it has been in use for at least 3600 years. Seal script was and is mostly used for creating inscriptions and seals, be it for official or private purposes, and sometimes for carving for into bronze ware and weapons. The writing of a seal script is quite complicated, which is why over time the script was gradually replaced by other types of scripts. Nonetheless, even though the seal script lost its practical function, its aesthetic function has been preserved. It has become a script of pure aesthetics for the modern day.
*Along with a general understanding of calligraphy’s history and technique, you will leave each class having created your own piece of seal script.*
Part 2: Clerical Script (Classes 6 – 10)
Legend says that for speeding up writing, Cheng Miao of the Qin dynasty turned the circular and balanced form of strokes of seal script into one of regulated and angular strokes, thus explaining the birth of the clerical script. The emergence of the clerical script ended the era of ancient writing while opening a new generation for calligraphic art which looked for beautification. And the highly rectilinear structure of the characters is generally a feature also shared with modern Chinese characters.
*Along with a general understanding of calligraphy’s history and technique, you will leave each class having created your own piece of clerical script.*
Your Teacher: Fatima Gao
In 2010, Fatima graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting. And in 2014, she also received her Master’s Degree in Calligraphy from the university. She now lives in Beijing.