Chinese Calligraphy

Spring 2018

There’s a sense of simplicity and elegance associated with the bold, black ink on pure, white paper. However, the possibilities of form and expression are endless.

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We started out…

by writing simple Traditional Chinese characters, like the pictured fire (火, Huǒ), wood (木, Mù), and under (下, Xià).

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We gradually…

added more brush strokes and moved onto writing more complex characters, like the pictured book (書, Shū), Spring (春, Chūn) and ice (冰, Bīng).

 
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then moved beyond…

characters to painting entities in nature, referencing famous Chinese calligraphers’ works and styles. We painted…

 
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Happy lunar new year!

Feat. red envelope from our Teacher (老師, Lǎoshī).

 
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Pandas…

It was initially difficult to control the water and saturation, but practice makes perfect!

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bamboo…

that pandas munch on.

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horses…

koi fish…

more koi fish…

Two koi fish, swimming in a circular motion, depicting a Ying-Yang symbol.

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and a landscape.

(I tried)

it was now time for…

our final project–painting a calligraphy poem. I chose the final ten characters of the poem ‘Song of the Wanderer’ by Meng Jiao because of its beautiful imagery of the unconditional love between a parent and child.

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letter traces…

to ensure that the characters are aligned and positioned accordingly (with the help of paper clips).

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the final show.

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Yóuzǐ Yínm (游子吟) by Mèng Jiāo (孟郊)

誰言寸草心
Shéi yán cùn cǎo xīn
[who] [speak] [inch] [grass] [heart]
Who would say that the heart of inch-high grass

報得三春暉?
bào de sān chūnhuī?
[repay] [achieve] [three] [spring] [shine]
could repay the sunshine of deepest spring?