CHIN 354: Chinese Culture through Calligraphy
This course is an introduction to Chinese culture through the learning of Chinese calligraphy. It is designed for second language learners of Chinese to increase their knowledge of Chinese culture. Students with Chinese as their first language who are already familiar with Chinese culture should not take this course. Course content includes (1) cultural, historical and linguistic knowledge related to Chinese calligraphy, (2) basic skills of brush writing, and (3) artistic value and aesthetics in Chinese calligraphy. A hands-on approach is adopted in teaching the use of writing instruments, the structure and composition of Chinese characters, and the method of composing a piece of calligraphy artwork. Instruction of Brush writing is at the beginner level. Students with previous training in brush writing should consult the instructor before signing up for the course. Class procedure is lecture followed by a studio session of writing practice. The course is taught in English. There is weekly brush writing homework, reading assignments, one class presentation, one paper, a final brush writing project, a midterm and a final exam. VP, BN, EE.