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Instructor: Judy Motzkin
Wednesday, April 17
Adults 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Teens 3:00pm - 4:30pm

This workshop is an introduction to the culture, origins, history and structure of the Chinese written language with an opportunity to experience calligraphic writing with a brush and ink on rice paper.  The program will be offered in two sessions, one for teens and one for adults.

The workshop will cover:

  • Cultural context: The Four Classical Arts, of which calligraphy is one.

  • The Four Treasures of Chinese painting and calligraphy—stone, ink, brush, paper.

  • How to hold and use the brush to make expressive strokes. Care of the bamboo brushes.

  • Introduction of the Eight Basic Strokes used to paint bamboo as traditionally taught with the strokes in the character 永, yong, eternity.

  • Practice making strokes with water on practice paper.

  • The development from pictographs carved in oracle bones 4000 years ago, through the codification of the written language 2000 years ago. Examples of the progression.

  • Presentation of a few basic characters and how they are multiplied or combined with other characters to make new words and express concepts. Introduction to the radical/phonetic system.

  • Demonstration of the strokes learned as used to paint bamboo with ink on paper.

  • Practice on white paper with ink to draw the early pictographs, write characters, paint bamboo or a combination.

Judith Motzkin, has her degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University. A practicing studio artist in ceramic and mixed media, she continues her lifelong interest in Chinese culture, history and language through study and travel.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Truro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and by Truro Center for the Arts.

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