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I - Introductory

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In this class students will develop brushwork skills and an appreciation of the history and aesthetic of Chinese calligraphy. The course will cover each of the five styles of Chinese Calligraphy: seal, clerical, regular, running, and grass. We will also discuss the historical context in which Chinese written language and calligraphy evolved, biographies of famous calligraphers, and differences between Western and Chinese calligraphy. Class sessions will consist of a combination of demonstrations, discussion, and class practice. Students will be evaluated on participation in class discussions and critiques, skill in brush techniques, finished calligraphic pieces, and one or more projects. Projects may include calligraphy murals, finger-painted characters, calligraphy clothing, and cutting signature “chops”.


None; no experience with Chinese or calligraphy is required.

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