Ngan Siu-Mui Art School ― Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy classes offered in the artist's Studio
Montreal (Dorval), QC, CA

seal-fungcheung Chinese Calligraphy

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 and 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 an artwork of Chinese calligraphy
    The placement and arrangement of visual elements such as strokes, characters and spaces are very importatnt in a piece of Chinese calligraphy. 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.
In order to master the techniques needed in Running and Cursive scripts, the practice of 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 learned in each following workshop so we will have the opportunity to compare and understand the different styles related to a particular script.

seal-fungcheung Correspondence lessons adapted to individual level
$50cad + mailing fees for each lesson

  • For each correspondence lesson, you will receive:
    • Samples for calligraphy or painting sent by mail
    • Instruction notes for the techniques sent by mail
    • Videos that will illustrate the specific techniques used in a particular lession (sent by email)

There is no obligation as to how many correspondence lessons you might like to take in a year.

After four (4) correspondence lessons, you will be eligible to join the WeChat art group of NganSiuMui Art School and then you will receive free videos and lecture notes related to Chinese calligraphy and painting every month.
Please contact me (by email)

seal-fungcheung About the WeChat art group ― NganSiuMui Art School ―
free service

The aim in setting up a WeChat group for NganSiuMui Art School is to encourage and help my students to practice and improve their Chinese calligraphy and painting skills. Continuous practice will embed the techniques into the body, and whatever the subject, it will be much easier to learn. It is a proper way to reach some kind of achievement.
I will use WeChat to post simple videos and art samples twice a month, so that students can follow the instructions/procedures in their practice at home.

Please read the following information related to this WeChat teaching program.

  • The program can never replace the workshops in my studio or the correspondence lessons.
  • If you are students living not too far from my studio in Dorval (Qubec, CA), you should keep on joining the workshops.
  • If you are students from far or even overseas, you may join the correspondence lessons.
  • Calligraphy subjects include Seal, Clerical, Regular, Running and Cursive scripts.
  • Painting subjects include the Four Gentlemen: Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum and Bamboo in the style of my master, Zhao Shao Ang, Lingnan School.

Please contact me to know more details about how to use your personal WeChat account. It is simple and helpful.
Contact (by email)

seal-fungcheung Schedule 2019, January to May

January 5 and 12 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Seal script and one other script

Seal script is a very important base for beginner and advanced level group to understand Hidden, Central and Return strokes in brush movement. Centrol the brush movements will allow us to manipulate the brush properly to acheive energetic "Bones" strokes.
Seal Script is a very ancient Chinese writing style. It has a kind of mysterious simplicity and is close to the most ancient pictograms.

Seal Script

February 9 and 23 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Clerical script and one other script

Clerical Script is recognized by its majestic form. The familiar "wild goose end" of a rightward stroke belongs to this style.
Angular strokes are used extensively for this script.

Clerical Script

March 2 and 9 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Regular script and one other script

The creation of Regular script includes many dots, beaks, hooks and ticks. These strokes are based on Seal, Clerical and Cursive scripts.
Regular script is the easiest calligraphy script to read. Consequently, it is used on a daily basis. The characters are even and uniform.

Regular Script

April 6 and 13 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Running script and one other script

The simplification of the Regular script 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

May 4 and 11 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Running script and one other script

The simplification of the Regular script 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

June 1 and 8 ― Chinese Calligraphy Workshops (adapted to your level)
Cursive script and one other script

Strokes are more simplified and linked. In consequence the characters are not easy to recognize.
This style reaches a wild, frantic and liberal manner, thereby encroaching upon the stratum of pure art.

Cursive Script