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DCUL 1915A - Chinese calligraphy

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This art workshop aims at discovering Chinese ancient thought, which is essential to understand China today, through the practice of Chinese calligraphy.Each session will focus on one major thinker or idea, introducing a series of representative characters which will be used to practice Chinese calligraphy techniques in kaishu style.


GERMAIN, Domitille (Lecturer)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Master calligraphic techniques to understand and be able to reproduce from memory some characters structure and basic strokes in kaishu style ; 2°) Develop a curiosity for classical Chinese thinkers and concepts ; 3°) Enlarge their physical perception when reading and writing calligraphy. The focus is on practice of the art of calligraphy, based on characters which will be used as a progressive introduction to Chinese ancient thought.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: 1°) Write correctly all basic strokes in kaishu style with the brush ; 2°) Show commitment and regular progress in the exploration of calligraphy ; 3°) Create a masterpiece at the end of the semester and explain it ; 4°) A short paper at home.

Required reading

The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation, AMES Roger T., Random House Publishing Group, 2010

Additional required reading

  • Chuang-tzu, the seven inner chapters and other writings – GRAHAM Angus – Allen & Unwin - 1981
  • The Chinese art of writing – BILLETER Jean-François - Rizzoli international Publications – 1989
  • The way and its power : a study of the Tao Te Ching and its place in Chinese thought – WALEY Arthur – Allen & Unwin - 1934
  • A history of Chinese philosophy (2 vol) – FUNG Yu-Lan – Princeton University Press - 1952-1953