Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?

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Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:43:37 AM »

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 02:44:20 AM »
The local name for calligraphy is Shūfǎ 書法 in China, literally "the way/method/law of writing"

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013, 02:45:51 AM »
Calligraphy, the writing of characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. This unit introduces students to this ancient art through step-by-step instructions on writing Chinese characters. As each character is made up by a series of single brushstrokes, the student will soon learn to recognize these as components of the completed character and the written Chinese language will become much less forbidding.

The exercises in this unit also encourage the students to experience the rhythm and sense of design in Chinese writing, thereby bringing an aesthetic dimension to their understanding of the Chinese language.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 02:46:15 AM »
A. What is calligraphy?

The word "calligraphy" is originally a Greek word meaning "beautiful writing." We usually associate this word with good penmanship, handwriting that is neat, legible and attractive. In China, however, calligraphy is regarded as an art from in itself and is admired and displayed in museums just as paintings are.

Moreover, calligraphy is often used to decorate articles of everyday use. For instance, when you go to a Chinese restaurant you may notice that the dishes are painted with characters as well as with colorful pictures. Even on the ordinary, everyday level of life, beautiful writing is appreciated.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 02:46:42 AM »

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013, 02:47:35 AM »
The Great Seal Style



This term covers a broad range of styles which came into use during the Chou dynasty (1122-221 B.C.). Compared to the Oracle Style, these characters are more rounded at the corners and show a mixture of thick and thin strokes. Many of the surviving examples of this style, such as the one below, come from inscriptions that were cast on bronze vessels. At the bottom of the first column is the pictograph (picture-word) for "house." The first word in the second column is also a pictograph. It shows "carriage" from a bird's eye view — a compartment with two wheels on either side, joined by an axle.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2013, 02:49:58 AM »
The Small Seal Style



In 221 B.C. the first unifier and emperor of China ordered that the writing system be standardized and established the writing style of his native state, Ch'in, as the model script of the empire. The round contours of this script, later known as the Small Seal Style, make it similar to the Great Seal Style. However, the lines are all of an even thickness and the characters are very elongated so that they might be imagined to fit neatly into a vertical rectangle.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013, 02:52:23 AM »
Clerical Style



During the Han dynasty (207 B.C.-220 A.D), the Small Seal Style was surpassed in popularity by another script which could be written more quickly and easily with a brush. This style became known as the Clerical Style because more of the samples of this script were found on official documents such as government records of taxes, census records, deeds, etc. Notice the upward tilt at the end of the horizontal strokes which gives each character a fluid quality. This style is the forerunner of the Regular Style which we will look at next.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2013, 02:53:39 AM »
Regular Style



The Regular Style preserves the Clerical script's precision and modulation of line width but is less formal and heavy in appearance. Note that the horizontal lines generally slope upwards but do not have the final tilt at the end of the stroke which the Clerical Style has. Note also that the vertical lines are kept strictly vertical and do not lean away from the center of the character as in the Clerical Style. As students of calligraphy have traditionally mastered this style before attempting the others, we will also use it as our model in learning to write Chinese.

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Re: Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2013, 02:56:52 AM »
Do you practice Chinese calligraphy?

Yes, I do. However, I am only a beginner. It is an art that needs to be practiced daily, imho. ;)

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