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Meditate through Your Brush - Chinese Calligraphy Course

A close study of ancient Chinese ideograph masterpieces

During this six-week online course, I will guide you through a close study of an ancient Chinese masterpiece in each session. To help you have a better sense of the brush movement, I will demonstrate the character a few times through different angles (that I set up from different cameras). Each session will end with homework designed to help you cultivate your own calligraphy practice. You don’t need to have any previous experience of calligraphy or know any East Asian language to take this course.

In this course, you will:

  • Examine samples from ancient Chinese masterpieces and make a close study of them by faithfully copying the characters

  • Become familiar with the techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy of traditional brushwork

  • Enjoy drawing lines and eventually creating beautiful pieces

  • Learn to interpret the original artwork and create your own expressive work

Studying calligraphy is one way to realize how much we have to learn from the wisdom, aesthetics, and depths of our ancestors. In this time of rapid technological advancements, in taking up the brush we become humble and feel privileged to be part of an ancient, creative civilization.”

Course Details

Lesson 1: Welcome and Basic Strokes

In this first lesson of the course, I will explain the materials you need for practicing East Asian calligraphy and show you some basic, standard brush movements.

Lesson 2:

In this lesson, you will explore the five modes of studying an ancient sample, consider the ideal mental approach for practicing East Asian calligraphy, and do a close study of the ideograph “Human.”

Lesson 3:

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of ideography and gain an understanding of the development of this system of writing and do a close study of the ideograph “Heaven.”

Lesson 4:

In this lesson, you will identify the different types of East Asian calligraphy scripts, learn about applied strokes in semi-cursive and cursive scripts, and do a close study of the ideograph “Tree.”

Lesson 5:

In this lesson, you will examine principles of calligraphy as well as points of appreciation in the three styles, do a close study of the ideograph “Moon,” and practice all three scripts: formal, semi-cursive, and cursive.

Lesson 6:

In this lesson, you’ll study the ideograph “Eternity.” This character is very important in East Asian calligraphy, because it includes all eight of the most basic movements.


Date: start from 13th September 2020 (Six Classes)

Time: 11.00am-12.30pm (Sunday mornings)

Register through here

Materials: This 6-week course would require basic tools such as Chinese/Japanese ink brush, ink and xuan paper or normal A4 paper.

*This course will be delivered online through Zoom.The course link will be sent out to the participants before the course starts.

* every course will start with a 5-minute sitting meditation. We would recommend settling yourself in a quiet place and wearing comfortable clothes.


If you have any question about this course or if you want to know more about the details please email us through:



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