Collins Living-Learning Center | Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy
L100 | 27980 | Tong

Chinese Calligraphy, one of the most revered and popular writing art forms,
spans over several thousand years. Unlike western calligraphy, which
pursues font-like uniformity, Chinese calligraphy provides the artist with the
freedom to produce an infinite variety of styles and forms by controlling the
concentration of ink, the thickness and ability of the paper to absorb, and the
flexibility of the brush. Calligraphy is a mental exercise that coordinates the
mind, the eyes and the hand. Also, it is a method of concentration to reduce
stress for one's physical and spiritual wellbeing. Most recently, many of the
elements of calligraphy are becoming adapted by modern Western art,
especially in industrial art. In this course, students can study not only the basic
knowledge of Chinese Calligraphy, such as how to handle a brush, sitting
posture, basic stroke skills, sequential steps and structuring, but also learn
how to write western alphabets and make small calligraphy projects using the
techniques of calligraphy.