Ngan Siu-Mui Art School ― Chinese Calligraphy Online Lessons

Chinese Calligraphy Online Lessons
Private or Group Lessons

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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 Online Lessons are open to art lovers all over the world 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 the five scripts in Chinese Calligraphy

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 will discover the development, technique and style relationship of the five scripts of calligraphy through different ancient calligraphers.

Seal Script

  • Seal script is a very important base for beginner and advanced level group to understand Hidden, Central and Return strokes in the brush movement. Centrol of 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

Clerical 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

Regular 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

Running 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

Cursive 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

seal-fungcheung Schedule 2020, September to December
Same calligraphy subjects are taught in the lessons on Wednesdays and Saturdays of the same week

September ― Wednesday Group ― 19:00 to 21:00

  • 1st lesson: September 9 ~ subject: Bronze Script and Clerical Script, part 1
  • 2nd lesson: September 23 ~ subject: Bronze Script and Clerical Script, part 2

September ― Saturday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • 1st lesson: September 12 ~ subject: Bronze Script and Clerical Script, part 1
  • 2nd lesson: September 26 ~ subject: Bronze Script and Clerical Script, part 2
Chinese Orchid in Lingnan School style, NganSiuMui.com
The San Family Plate is in Bronze script. It has rounded lines, concise and powerful writing in flat characters with an inclined posture which looks strange and vivid.
Chinese Orchid in Lingnan School style, NganSiuMui.com
The style of this Clerical script of Bamboo Slips is bold and forthright, wilful, native, composition in natural form and unconventional.

October ― Wednesday Group ― 19:00 to 21:00

  • 1st lesson: October 14
    ~ subject: Bronze Script - San Family Plate studied by ancient artists
  • 2nd lesson: October 28
    ~ subject: Clerical Script - Collection characters of Bamboo Slips

October ― Saturday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • 1st lesson: October 17
    ~ subject: Bronze Script - San Family Plate studied by ancient artists
  • 2nd lesson: October 31
    ~ subject: Clerical script - Collection characters of Bamboo Slips
Wu Changshuo, San Family Plate, NganSiuMui.com
Study of San Family Plate by Wu Chang Shuo (1844-1927)
Bamboo Slips, NganSiuMui Art School
Bamboo Slips

November ― Wednesday Group ― 19:00 to 21:00

  • 1st lesson: November 11
  • 2nd lesson: Novemver 25

November ― Saturday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • 1st lesson: November 14
  • 2nd lesson: November 28
Yi Fu Jing, NganSiuMui Art School
Study of Regular script by Tang Dynasty calligrapy master Chu Sui Liang.
Quote from Chinese canon Yi Fu Jing:
"Looking through the way of Nature,
carrying out acting-orders from Nature, all that is accomplished!"

December ― Wednesday Group ― 19:00 to 21:00

  • December 9

December ― Saturday Group ― 10:00 to 12:00

  • December 12

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Artist Ngan Siu-Mui is located in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Time zone is UTC -04:00.