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Learning the Art of Chinese Calligraphy

26 June 2014

During the last week of Mandarin class, students in Years 7, 8 and 12 have been learning the basic knowledge of Chinese Calligraphy.

  • Students learning the art of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Some of the finished products

They have learned how to use the basic tools of the 'four treasures of study', these are the writing brush, ink stick, paper, and ink slab. They have also concentrated on guiding the soft writing brush charged with fluid ink on the paper where the ink will diffuse quickly.

When writing, the students are required to forget all worries and even themselves, combining all their thoughts into the beauty of their art.

Learning about Chinese culture is a vital part of learning Mandarin and through practicing Chinese Calligraphy, the students learned that it is not only a means of communication, but also a means of expressing a person's inner world in an aesthetic sense. 

- Marie Ma, Mandarin Teacher