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Shu (calligraphy), Hua (painting), Qin (a string musical instrument), and Qi (a strategic boardgame) are the four basic skills and disciplines of the Chinese literati.
During the imperial era, calligraphy was used as an important criterion for selection of executives to the Imperial court.
In contrast to western calligraphy, diffusing ink blots and dry brush strokes are viewed as a natural impromptu expression rather than a fault.
www.asiawind.com /art/callig   (442 words)

  Calligraphy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Calligraphy today ranges from functional inscriptions and hand lettering to fine art pieces where the expression of the handwritten mark frequently takes precedence over the legibility of the letters.
Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout China to this day.
Calligraphy (in Chinese, Shufa 書法, in Japanese Shodō 書道, in Korean, Seoyae 書藝, all meaning "the way of writing") is considered an important art in East Asia and the most refined form of East Asian painting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Calligraphy   (1216 words)

 East Asian calligraphy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Calligraphy has also led to the development of many other forms of art in East Asia, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and inkstones.
Today, calligraphy may also be done using a pen, but pen calligraphy does not enjoy the same prestige as traditional brush calligraphy.
Works of calligraphy are usually completed by the artist putting his or her seal at the very end, in red ink.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Japanese_calligraphy   (1956 words)

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Korean calligraphy derives from the written form of the Chinese language, in which each character is composed of a number of differently shaped strokes within an imaginary square and is intended to convey a specific meaning.
The practical function of calligraphy as handwriting or a means of communication was often overshadowed by the philosophical implications attached to the act of executing it.
His calligraphy is derived from the li shu script of China, but his sense of pictorial composition, harmony within asymmetry, and animation wrought by unmatched, forceful strokes led to the creation of a dynamic style of his own.
www.bergen.org /AAST/Projects/Korea/art/calligraphy.html   (1549 words)

 Calligraphy Encyclopedia Article @ LocalColorArt.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calligraphy today ranges from functional inscriptions and hand lettering to fine art applications where the expression of the handwritten mark may take on more importance than the legibility of the words transcribed.
Good calligraphy differers from typography, in that characters may be more fluid and spontaneous, improvised at the moment of writing.
The word calligraphy written with fast spontaneous strokes by Denis Brown 2006, http://www.quillskill.com, as a simplified example of a 'polyrhythmic' approach to western writing.
www.localcolorart.com /encyclopedia/Calligraphy   (1348 words)

 Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy, Oriental Oriental Gift Shop
The brushstrokes used for calligraphy are the same as in Chinese painting, and a calligrapher's worth has always been based on the expressiveness of his brushwork.
Indeed, calligraphy has served to unite the Chinese over the millennia, evolving out of pictographs and ideographs, written Chinese characters that may no longer resemble what they mean, but are still exactly the same all over China.
Calligraphy, painting, and poetry were fast becoming the most important arts in China, so it was fitting to combine the three.
www.silverdragonstudio.com /sumi-e/callig.html   (966 words)

 MSN Encarta - Calligraphy
The term calligraphy is derived from the Greek kalligraphia, meaning “beautiful writing,” and is applied to individual letters as well as to entire documents; it also refers to an aesthetic branch of paleography.
In Islamic countries and in India, China, and Japan, calligraphy is done with a brush and has been a highly respected art form for many centuries (see Chinese Art and Architecture; Japanese Art and Architecture).
In the West, calligraphy eventually evolved from the earliest cave paintings, such as those (35,000-20,000 bc) at Lascaux, France, into the abstractions that became the familiar letterforms of the alphabet.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761558001/Calligraphy.html   (1038 words)

 Inkscape tutorial: Calligraphy
This tutorial focuses mainly on Western calligraphy, as the other two styles tend to use a brush (instead of a pen with nib), which is not how our Calligraphy tool currently functions.
This makes sense, because the natural "unit of measure" in calligraphy is the range of your hand's movement, and it is therefore convenient to have the width of your pen nib in constant ratio to the size of your "drawing board" and not in some real units which would make it depend on zoom.
Calligraphy is not only fun; it's a deeply spiritual art that may transform your outlook on everything you do and see.
www.inkscape.org /doc/calligraphy/tutorial-calligraphy.html   (1301 words)

 Calligraphy, lettering and typeface design
Modern western calligraphy is rooted in the development of written symbols and letterforms over thousands of years, from the earliest scratchings in dirt, cave painting and pictograms to the great classical inscriptions, and Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque manuscripts.
Calligraphy is a form of artistic writing wherein letters may be made in few or many direct strokes.
The most elegant and consistently harmonious calligraphy can be a self-conscious and highly disciplined act and is the result of much preplanning and trial and error.
www.calligraphersguild.org /julian.html   (1079 words)

 ArtLex on Calligraphy
In Japan, shodo is "the way of calligraphy," principles through which to be in tune with the art form -- a sort of moving meditation, enhancing concentration, will-power, and composure.
Gyosho is calligraphy in a semi-cursive style, and hentaigana or man'yogana is an antiquated calligraphy script that makes use of Chinese characters (kanji) utilized phonetically.
A kakejuku is a hanging scroll used for mounting pieces of calligraphy.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/c/calligraphy.html   (627 words)

 Calligraphy in Japan
Calligraphy has a long and distinguished history in China, and this enthusiasm has extended to those nations who imported China's writing system.
In calligraphy, the brush line that is sweeping and fluid -- spontaneous rather than predictable, irregular rather than regular -- is highly treasured.
At these events, children throw their calligraphy into the bonfires -- and if it flies high into the sky, it means they will become good at calligraphy.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/calligraphy1.shtml   (560 words)

The content, too, has become easier to understand and modern Chinese calligraphy has developed as a dynamic and effective vehicle for personal expression, with feelings often being conveyed far more directly than in recent centuries.
Calligraphy has become a vehicle for satire and social commentary Pu Lieping's work The Future is Bright, But...
Beginning with a review of Western calligraphy from antiquity to today's electronic age, The Art of Calligraphy helps the reader choose equipment -- brushes, pens, pencils, papers, and inks -- and then shows exactly how to hold and angle the pen to produce every letter of the alphabet in a number of different scripts.
www.webdesk.com /calligraphy   (535 words)

Calligraphy (shodo: "the way of writing") is the art of writing beautifully.
Calligraphy is not merely an exercise in good handwriting, but rather the foremost art form of the Orient.
Japanese calligraphy presents a problem for westerners trying to understand it; the work is completed in a matter of seconds so the uninitiated cannot really appreciate the degree of difficulty involved.
www.tooter4kids.com /Japan/calligraphy.htm   (1080 words)

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The art of calligraphy is deeply indebted to Yaqut al-Musta’simi, whose handwritten Koran, collection of Koranic verses and various other works, both original and copied, are today among some of the most valued items in the collections of libraries and museums throughout the world, especially in Istanbul.
In Amasya, which was especially regarded as the cradle of calligraphy, Sheikh Hamdullah devised a new style of script based on the six styles of writing known up to that time, thereby developing the style that has been employed by thousands of calligraphers with supreme skill over the intervening five hundred years.
Calligraphy until then had not been regarded as an independent art form and an effort was made to camouflage the empty spaces and irregularities in the scripts by filling them in with various kinds of decoration.
www.byegm.gov.tr /YAYINLARIMIZ/newspot/2002/may-jun/n14.htm   (2622 words)

 Arabic Calligraphy, Introduction
Arabic calligraphy is a primary form of art for Islamic visual expression and creativity.
The aesthetic principles of Arabic calligraphy are a reflection of the cultural values of the Muslim world.
Arabic calligraphy is not merely an art form but involves divine and moral representations -- from which calligraphy acquires its sublime reputation.
www.islamicart.com /main/calligraphy/intro.html   (909 words)

 purevolume™ | Bloodlined Calligraphy
Bloodlined Calligraphy brings more to the table than just female-fronted, axe grinding hardcore: the band converges the different styles and sounds of bands like Lamb Of God, Metallica, Hatebreed, and Exodus creating a sound reminiscent of old thrash and new school hardcore, yet incredibly refreshing.
Bloodlined Calligraphy has built their fanbase in a grassroots fashion by playing shows with bands like Kittie and Winter Solstice and festivals like New England Metal Fest, Facedown Fest and Cornerstone where their devastatingly brutal live show won crowds over on a nightly basis.
Ypsilanti is a dearly personal, emotional and striking sophomore effort from Bloodlined Calligraphy and the band has honed their sound to be one of the most talked about bands in the heavy music scene today.
www.purevolume.com /bloodlinedcalligraphy   (615 words)

 Arabic calligraphy
Decorative writing –; calligraphy – is one of the highest art forms of the Arab world.
This includes a general overview of calligraphy in an Islamic religious context and discusses the work of famous calligraphers.
It describes the instruments used for calligraphy and how the proportions of the letters are determined.
www.al-bab.com /arab/visual/calligraphy.htm   (517 words)

 Traditional Japanese Calligraphy
Traditional Japanese Calligraphy is called Shodo (shodou) and is based on Chinese verse which uses couplets or quatrains of four, five, or seven syllables.
While Japanese calligraphy started with Chinese, today the Japanese calligrapher is versed in Chinese Calligraphy as well as calligraphy that is unique to Japan based on the kana invented in the 6th century.
After a lifetime study of traditional calligraphy in Japan, Master Takase has devoted herself to adapting the art of Japanese Calligraphy to new mediums and methods and the results are breathtaking.
www.takase.com /JapaneseCalligraphy/Traditional.htm   (955 words)

 What is Chinese calligraphy?
Through the medium of form, way of handling the brush, presentation, and style, calligraphy as a work of art conveys the moral integrity, character, emotions, esthetic feelings and culture of the artist to readers affecting them by the power of appeal and the joy of beauty.
Calligraphy is not only a practical technique for writing Chinese characters, but also a unique Oriental art of expression and a branch of learning or discipline as well.
As a branch of learning it is rich in content, including the evolution of writing styles, development and rules of technique, history of calligraphy, calligraphers and their inheritance in art, and evaluation of calligraphy as a work of art.
www.chinavoc.com /arts/calligraphy.htm   (479 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy is one of the highest forms of Chinese art.
In studying Chinese calligraphy one must learn something of the origins of Chinese language and of how they were originally written.
However, except for those brought up in the artistic traditions of the country, its aesthetic significance seems to be very difficult to grasp.
www.asia-art.net /calligraphy.htm   (200 words)

 Appreciation of Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout China to this day.
Because in essence, Calligraphy is an abstract art.
For a flavor of these different styles, look at the calligraphy of single words, as written by the past masters.
www.chinapage.com /calligraphy.html   (296 words)

 SalamIran- Culture & Tourism, Art and Handicraft of Iran: Calligraphy
The art of calligraphy is one of the reputable and famous arts in Iran.
The importance of the art of calligraphy among Iranian arts is such, that some arts seem to be imperfect, without decorative calligraphy.
The calligraphy works of notorious and virtuous calligraphers of Iran are preserved as precious artistic works in museums and private collections all around the world.
www.salamiran.org /IranInfo/Culture/Arts/calligraphy   (877 words)

 Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy
Calligraphy is an art form that has been studied for over three thousand years.
Calligraphy began to filter into Japan during the seventh century A.D. Buddhism from India had travelled via China and Korea and was making many converts in Japan, including the Emperors.
The calligraphy appreciation section is not only a great aid, it is also a great encouragement to learn more about this wonderful subject.
www.connectedglobe.com /ohmori/intro1.html   (1597 words)

 Calligraphy Main
The European term calligraphy means "beautiful writing," and reflects an interest in ornamenting words on the page; most European calligraphy is highly stylized, regular, and decorated with flourishes, which in themselves are lacking in personal expression.
Calligraphy in the West was always considered a minor art and tended to curb spontaneity, producing fairly static forms.
It was during this period that calligraphy first began to flourish as an art form.
depts.washington.edu /chinaciv/callig/callmain.htm   (323 words)

 :: Arts :: Visual Arts :: Calligraphy
Friends of Calligraphy - International society of amateur and professional calligraphers open to anyone who is interested in the lettering arts.
Calligraphy - Getting started and a Short History of Writing - Learn calligraphy from tutorials starting with basic letter shapes and continuing to alphabets and decoration.
Calligraphy as a Visual Art - An article with links, at beautiful writing, calligraphy, including that of other cultures.
www.localadsearch.com /Arts/Visual_Arts/Calligraphy   (520 words)

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