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In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences.
Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing.
Each Hutong has a name. Some have had only one name since their creation, while others have had several throughout their history.
Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.
Many such hutong-like areas have been demolished.
During the period of the Republic of China from 1911 to 1948, society was unstable, fraught with civil wars and repeated foreign invasions. Beijing deteriorated, and the conditions of the hutongs worsened. Siheyuans previously owned and occupied by single families were subdivided and shared by many households, with additions tacked on as needed, built with whatever materials were available.
Taught by an English-speaking instructor, this class emphasizes not only proper posture, breathing, and brush-handling techniques needed to write a character that has the proper “spirit,” but also the art of Calligraphy,wisdom & philosophy of Chinese character,rather than one that rigidly conforms to a model.
A combination of demonstrations and individualized tips makes up each class. Content of the Calligraphy Course Our course combines calligraphy practice with meditation techniques and philosophy to create a dynamic learning environment.
In this course, you will:
* Appreciate the inner relationship between writing and Qi/breathing.
About the Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy widely practiced in China and revered in the Chinese cultural sphere, which often includes Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam. The calligraphic tradition of East Asia originated and developed from China. There is a general standardization of the various styles of calligraphy in this tradition. Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash painting are closely related, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural arts because they emphasize motion and are charged with dynamic life. According to Stanley-Baker, "Calligraphy is sheer life experienced through energy in motion that is registered as traces on silk or paper, with time and rhythm in shifting space its main ingredients." Calligraphy has also led to the development of many forms of art in China, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and inkstones.
The Four Treasures of the Study
- the ink brush, ink, paper(made of rice & bamboo), and inkstone are provided.
|1st March to 30th November|
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|ADD:81 Beiheyan Street,Beijing|