3 basic techniques to learn for beginners
Chinese calligraphy and painting originated from the same source. Chinese is used to say "writing a painting" instead of "drawing a painting". There are 3 basic techniques to learn both for calligraphy and painting. Once learnt, these 3 techniques enable the inner self to express yourself in the arts. You will be pleasantly surprised that this cultural experience is unique and creative.
- Hold the brush stem firmly with fingers.
Effect: The strength of the body can be channeled through the shoulders, the elbow, the wrist and the fingers to reach the brush point.
- Move the brush with your body: wrist, elbow, shoulder or waist.
Effect: power strokes, variation in shapes; control of water expansion.
- Keep the brush tip upright; never let the tip lie supine
Effect: The brush tip becomes the leader of the brush movement. An upright brush tip is good at using the flexibility of the brush hair
About the teacher Ngan Siu-Mui
Ngan Siu Mui is an internationally renowned artist who has mastered the four traditional arts of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese seal carving and Chinese literature. Ngan is named the best calligrapher in Quebec. She has received several honors, including the Quebec Citizenship Award for the Promotion of Culture.
Through her efforts, Chinese calligraphy and painting have received increasing visibility in Quebec. Over the years, she has organized several high profile Chinese calligraphy events in Montreal. These include the Confucius Festival 1988 and 1990; International Calligraphy Union Exhibition 1998; Month of Chinese Calligraphy in Montreal 1998, 2000, and 2002. These events attracted notable media attention and public curiosity.
She has organized workshops and exhibitions throughout Montreal. These include the Montreal McCord Museum, Quebec Arts Council, Montreal Culture Houses. In Ngan Siu Mui Art School, she offers Chinese arts workshops. Her followers come from different cultural backgrounds. They enjoy the serenity and personal enlightenment from the practice of Chinese arts.
Ngan Siu Mui leads the way in shaping Chinese arts abroad. Her calligraphy creation is a testimony of the modernizing and traditional art. As an art advisor, Ngan has invited to participate in many art conferences and events in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Canada.