Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One-Year Calligraphy Learning Plan 学习书法的一年计划

Learning Chinese calligraphy is a lifelong process. Before start learning Chinese calligraphy, some people think that they can master the skill in a few weeks. It is with more practice and study then they realize that it will take a lifetime to become a competent calligrapher.
Here is a suggested one-year learning plan for adult learners. It is generally agreed that adult learners should start with writing Kaishu.
The one-year lesson is to be done in four 10-week courses. The duration of each weekly lesson should be between 1 to 2 hours.
The aims of first 10-week course are to learn the correct sitting posture, correct using of calligraphy brush and executing the strokes, i.e. the proper way to start, move and end each and every stoke. At the end of the course, the learner should have practiced the proper way of writing 40 words.
The aim of the second 10-week course is to learn the method of ‘reading’ the Chinese characters. By reading, we mean the learner will learn how to start the first stroke of Chinese words, using it as a reference to execute the second strokes, and the third stokes, until the last stroke. At the end of the course, the learner should have learned the correct way of ‘reading’ 40 characters.
The aim of the third 10-week course is to learn to write correctly Chinese characters bearing in mind what they have learned in the previous two 10-week courses. At the end of the course, the learner should be able to write 40 characters.
The aim of the fourth 10-week course is to learn writing a complete piece of calligraphy. At the end of course, the learner would have practiced writing a 20-word Chinese poem consisted of four sentences.
One may not be able to master the art of writing Chinese calligraphy in one year. However, it is hope that after learning it for one year, one at least would get an idea on how to appreciate the beauty of the art in terms of its form, word structure and composition of an artwork.






1 comment:

  1. hopefully, three years later, we will be slightly better.......