Chinese calligraphy is a traditional form of writing characters from the Chinese language using a brush and ink. It is the root of many other forms of cultural art in China and can be seen adorning the walls of shops, offices and houses everywhere. The English word “calligraphy” literally means ‘beautiful writing‘ and when you see good calligraphy you can certainly appreciated the subtle aesthetics of line and stroke.
Each period of Chinese history evolved its own style of calligraphy so you can also learn a lot about the history of the country by studying this art. In addition it is possible to look at the origins of modern Chinese characters, which are after all ‘pictograms’ and understand their meaning. In the example below you can see how the image of a man slowely transforms through a series of stages into the modern character for “lao” which means “old”. The orginal inscriptions of characters would have been on tortoise shells and animal bones called Jiaguwen of the Shang Dynasty (17th-11th century BC). Over time various rulers transformed these early drawings to unite the region and make it easier to communicate. Eventually this lead the development of modern character styles now called ‘Kaishu’. There is an interesting blog on the subject you can read here.
Aside from Chinese characters you can also learn about the Chinese painting methods in an introductory painting class with the assistance of a Chinese master. As an experienced painter you could compare the local methods with yours back home. This also makes for a great pastime for families and a very fun and interesting activity for children, particularly on a rainy or chilly day. We have seen many kids getting really excited about being taught by a true Chinese master and leaving very proud with their own creations and memories of their adventures in China.
At a calligraphy lesson the teacher will not only demonstrate the technique but will get you to have a go at writing in Chinese. He will teach you how to use the paper, grind the ink, how to hold the brush and will introduce you to the basic techniques of writing Chinese characters. He can also give you lessons in classical Chinese painting styles and introduce you brush techniques utilised by Chinese masters. He speaks fluent English and can offer one off taster sessions, longer workshops or regular lessons.
|Getting There: We can organise a visit to the teachers studio or arrange him to come to your accommodation.|
|Times/Duration: Teaching times and durations are flexible and can be arranged to suit your needs.|
|Prices: Prices are displayed on our booking page.|
|Inclusions: Private teacher – All Painting materials.|
|Booking Information: Contact us at Yangshuo Insider to arrange your Chinese calligraphy or painting lesson.|
|Our culture treat: We sponsor the teacher's travel expenses to any accommodation located in the centre or listed among our accommodations near the centre of Yangshuo.|