Ngan Siu-Mui Art School

Chinese Calligraphy classes offered in the artist's Studio in Dorval

seal-fungcheung Chinese Calligraphy Classes

Nowadays, many are rediscovering the beauty of traditional Chinese arts and the benefits attached to practising them,especially Chinese calligraphy which is now known to greatly benefit our mind and our body.

Chinese calligraphy classes are open to beginners as there is no previous training required. New and longtime students share the exciting voyage in the realm of Chinese calligraphy, studying masters of the art under the guidance of the artist Ngan Siu-Mui.

seal-fungcheung Learning Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Techniques

  • The soft hair Chinese brush
    Chinese brushes are very different from pencils and pens. So are the techniques that need to be learned in order to achieve interesting results. Controlling the tip of the brush, the ink flow on the paper, the energy of the stroke, are all extremely important and like dancing, cannot be learn in books or videos.
  • Chinese characters composition
    Chinese characters are composed of strokes which must be drawn in a balanced sequence to form a comfortable composition.
  • Art of composition in a piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork
    The placement or arrangement of visual elements as strokes, characters and space is very importatnt in a piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork. The harmony, energy and personality of the composition is what makes a masterpiece.

seal-fungcheung Studying Chinese Calligraphy Scripts

There are five scripts of Chinese calligraphy: Seal, Clerical, Regular, Running and Cursive.
To achieve techniques of Running and Cursive scripts, the Seal and Clerical scripts cannot be ignored.
There are many styles for each script. Also there are many Rubbings and Manuscripts from the ancient calligraphers. Each ancient calligrapher has his own significant style. We'll discover the development, technique and style relationship of 5 scripts of calligraphy through different ancient calligraphers.

There will be 2 kinds of scripts to be learnt in each following workshop. We have chance to compare and understand the different styles of the script.

seal-fungcheung Schedule 2018, January to May

January 13 - Seal script to Running script (according to individual level)
Seal script is a very important base for beginner and advanced level group to understand Central stroke in brush movement. Centrol stroke will allow us to hold the brush properly to acheive energetic Muscles (Tendons) and Bones strokes.
Seal Script is a very ancient Chinese writing style. It has a kind of mysterious simplicity and is close to the more ancient pictograms that were found.
Bronze Script
February 10 - Clerical script to Running script (according to individual level)
Clerical Script is recognized by its majestic form; it was the style used by the Chinese Emperors in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-- A.D.220). The familiar "wild goose end" of a rightward stroke belongs to that style.
Angular strokes were used extensively for this script.
Strokes in Clerical Script
March 10 - Regular script to Running script (according to individual level)
The creation of regular script includes many dots, beaks, hooks and ticks. These strokes are the base of Running and Cursive script.
Regular script is the easiest calligraphy script to read. Consequently, it is used on a daily basis. The characters are even and uniform; they look neat and natural. Regular script does not have a distinct flair, its beauty lies in its simplicity.
Regular Script
April 7 and May 5 - Regular script to Running script (according to individual level)
The simplification of the regular style and the adoption of the linking strokes result in the speedy brush flow of Running script.
Dynamic and elegant movement of the brush strokes are emphasized in this style.
Running Script