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Chinese calligraphy can be traced back to some of the earliest marks made by carving on stone pieces and tortoise shells. The recognizable brush form of calligraphy developed nearly 1,000 years ago and is characterized by more than 4,000 different characters. More than simply a form of written communication, Chinese calligraphy is a revered art form that has specific tools, techniques, principles, and approaches.
In this hands-on course, you’ll study the history and cultural background of this ancient practice and learn how to use a calligraphy brush, ink, and paper, as well as important calligraphic terms and techniques. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual practice, instructor Hong Zhang will emphasize the importance of mastering calligraphic brush skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and concepts of the form.
No previous experience necessary. Participants will be required to purchase newsprint and ink paste in advance (estimate: $20) and may purchase brushes from the instructor at a discount (estimate: $25). Detailed supply information will be sent upon registration.
Hong Zhang was born and raised in Shanghai, China, where he studied Chinese calligraphy and brush painting under the late Master Artist Shen Shijia. Zhang later studied at the Shanghai Fine Arts Institute and, in 1992, founded Minnesota-based Hong Zhang Studio, where he enjoys presenting special characteristics of the art form, especially its cultural and poetic aspects. A popular instructor, Zhang has taught Chinese calligraphy for more than 20 years through the University of Minnesota’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.