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Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

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Spring 2016
History of Art 98/198
1 Unit(s)



About the Course:

This is an introductory course about Chinese calligraphy. The primary goals are to learn about basic aesthetic principle of Chinese art and practice fundamental techniques of writing Chinese calligraphy.


Fundamental techniques cover all five major scripts: Zhuan-shu (Seal script), Li-shu (Official script), Kai-shu (Regular script), Xing-shu (Running script) and Cao-shu (Cursive script). The course introduces basic art principle and helps students practice the techniques of writing all scripts. The course encourages students to try all scripts and choose one favorite script to present in the final art work. There are no limitations for in-class practice.


The major approach in this decal is to analyze calligraphy scripts from notable calligraphers and rubbings in history. There is no mandatory reading material. The course focuses on a combination of artistic theory and art practice.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment is limited to 14-15 students. In order to enroll, student must attend the first two classes. Also, students are required to turn in an artistic project in order to be enrolled. The enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis. The 16th student to submit an artistic project will be put on the waitlist. 


No previous experience or knowledge required. Knowledge in Chinese language is recommended but not mandatory. As long as you are interested in Chinese calligraphy and willing to learn, you are encouraged to take the decal.

Course Contact: jiaqian_zhu AT

Faculty Sponsor: Patricia Berger

Time & Location:

Section 1Jiaqian Zhu
15425 Doe LibraryTh 6p-7:30p1/28full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Calligraphy Decal Syllabus.pdfDec 1562kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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