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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/Default.htm   (431 words)

  Calligraphy -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Calligraphy (from (A native or inhabitant of Greece) Greek καλλι calli "beauty" + γραφος graphos "writing") is the art of decorative (The work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)) writing.
Western calligraphy is the calligraphy of the Latin writing system, and to a lesser degree the (A native or inhabitant of Greece) Greek and (An alphabet drived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages) Cyrillic writing systems.
Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout (A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world) China to this day.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/C/Ca/Calligraphy.htm   (2829 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Calligraphy, literally "beautiful writing," has been appreciated as an art form in many different cultures throughout the world, but the stature of calligraphy in Chinese culture is unmatched.
To better understand how calligraphy came to occupy such a prominent position, it is necessary to consider a variety of factors, such as the materials used in calligraphy and the nature of the Chinese written script as well as the esteem in which writing and literacy are held in traditional China.
In trying to understand why calligraphy came to occupy such a prominent position in China, it is useful to consider the features that were prized when calligraphy began to emerge as an art form distinct from mere writing; that is to say, when specimens of handwriting began to be valued, collected, and treated as art.
www.askasia.org /teachers/Instructional_Resources/Materials/Readings/China/R_china_15.htm   (1502 words)

 ipedia.com: Calligraphy Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Calligraphy at every point in time is a conscious art, which is distinguished from the studies of Epigraphy or Palaeography in general.
Chinese calligraphy typically uses ink brushes to write Chinese characters (called Hanzi in Chinese, Kanji in Japanese, and Hanja in Korean).
Arabic calligraphy is often displayed in Muslim art, because it serves as an inspiration.
www.ipedia.com /calligraphy.html   (769 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.
Calligraphy, painting, and poetry were fast becoming the most important arts in China, so it was fitting to combine the three.
Chinese Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout China to this day.
www.silverdragonstudio.com /sumi-e/callig.html   (1375 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)

 Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy is a unique oriental art form to Asian cultures with a brilliant tradition as ancient as the culture itself.
Calligraphy is not just another way of writing Chinese characters, but also a beautiful, elaborate and a stylish art of interpretation and a branch of learning.
Earlier periods of the Chinese history reveal that calligraphy was viewed as a matchless and independent visual art form rather than merely an ornamental art and was highly regarded over painting and sculpture, and paralleled alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation.
www.asianartmall.com /calligraphyarticle.htm   (665 words)

 Language: Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy, the writing of characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China.
The earliest known examples of Chinese writing are inscriptions on animal bones and tortoise shells dating from the 13th century B.C. during the Shang dynasty.
In Chinese calligraphy it is essential to be able to vary the width of the strokes simply by applying a little pressure to the brush.
afe.easia.columbia.edu /china/language/callig.htm   (3101 words)

 ARTSEDGE: Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting
Emphasize the different types and styles of calligraphy that are produced by various calligraphy artists (i.e., free flowing and traditional).
Chinese calligraphy is written beginning on the right side of the paper, and the characters are written downward instead of across the paper.
Explain that Chinese calligraphy and painting is characterized by efficient uses of painting strokes.
www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org /content/2217   (1245 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy is an Oriental tradition rooted in centuries of practice.
It is an art of turning square Chinese characters into expressive images by the responsiveness of rice paper and speed and pressure of a pointed Chinese brush.
Execution and appreciation of brushwork in Chinese calligraphy are bound by strict rules.
www.rice-paper.com /uses/calligraphy.html   (88 words)

 Chinese calligraphy - ancient Chinese Calligraphy, with history,instructions on Chinese writing
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   (516 words)

 Ancient Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy is understood in China as art or writing.
Chinese scripts are divided into five groups: the seal characters, the running hand, the official script, the regular script, and the cursive hand.
The ink stone is the most important of the four treasures for calligraphy which are writing brush, ink-stick, paper and ink stone.
www.solomon.cps.k12.il.us /calligraphyindex.html   (478 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Art - and more   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Art - The ordupgaard art museum reopened tuesday with a new modern wing designed by architect zaha hadid.Wednesday, august 31, 2005 last updated 5:37 a.m.
Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Art - Custer -- there was a time when custer high school coach terry long wanted to keep the wildcats shot put and discus prowess his best-kept secret.
Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Art - By kristin dizonseattle post-intelligencer reporterbumbershoot is, to use the words of abraham lincoln, of the people, by the people and for the people, with a groovy vibe.
www.art617.com /Chinese-Calligraphy-Scroll-Art.html   (335 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy, literally "beautiful writing," is one of the traditional four arts dating back to the earliest days of Chinese history.
A Chinese calligrapher's tools, like thos`e of a painter, are comprised of four basic items that are commonly referred to as the "four treasures of the study".
In contrast to western calligraphy, diffusing ink blots and dry brush strokes are viewed as a natural impromptu expression rather than a fault.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/arts/chinese-calligraphy.htm   (436 words)

 The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection
This publication of the John B. Elliott Collection of Chinese calligraphy at the Princeton University Museum is that rare mixture of basic reference and thoughtful scholarship that will be a useful addition to any library on Chinese art, at home or in the University.
Calligraphy holds a special place among the arts in China because it not only provides artistic pleasure, but it is also the mechanism through which culture and heritage are transmitted through the ages.
Calligraphy’s blending of ritual and continuity with personality and innovation reflect our own search to define ourselves both as individuals and within a larger spiritual and historical context.
www.asianart.com /books/reviews/embodied_image.shtml   (1211 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy Art with your name,word,zodiac : CafePress.com
Chinese Calligraphy Art with name translation and words, zodiac in Chinese writing on t-shirt, cap, mug, and more gift products.
Chinese calligraphy is a unique art of writing.
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www.cafepress.com /chinesenames   (165 words)

 ~ Chinese Calligraphy & Symbol ~ Free!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Chinese characters are in common use today, and are called Seal Script.
As a student of both Chinese painting and calligraphy, I have spent a great deal of my time practicing a character in a nine-square grid in order to get the spacing and composition of the character correct, just as children in China do every day.
Their use and development in Chinese literature and in Chinese custom and attitudes to life are traced lucidly and precisely.
www.1earth.com.au /antiques/chinese_symbol.html   (602 words)

 Calligraphy: ChinaVista   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Calligraphy is understood in China as the art of writing a good hand with the brush or the study of the rules and techniques of this art.
Chinese calligraphy, like the script itself, began with the hieroglyphs and, over the long ages of evolution, has developed various styles and schools, constituting an important part of the heritage of national culture.
Chinese masters have always compared with vivid aptness the three styles of writing-kaishu, xingshu and caoshu-to people standing, walking and running.
www.chinavista.com /experience/calligraphy/calligra.html   (1082 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)

 Drawing Intro
Chinese calligraphy is an art form, and calligraphers are highly respected.
Chinese ink- It is solid, and usually comes in the shape of sticks.
Chinese brush- Brushes are made from animal hair that is bundled together and put on bamboo reeds.
tqjunior.thinkquest.org /3614/drawing.htm   (286 words)

 Art of Chinese Brush Painting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Chinese painting may be done either on Chinese paper or silk.
Chinese paper is usually known as rice paper in English.
Chinese painting aim is not to express the various shades of color of the subject in relation to a fixed source of light, but
www.asia-art.net /chinese_tech_brush.html   (1434 words)

 Origin of Chinese symbol/calligraphy - ancient Chinese Calligraphy history
Chinese calligraphy is at least four thousand years old, based on legendary tales and on textual criticism in archaeology.
True enough, these inscriptions are outstanding examples of ancient Chinese calligraphy written by means of a metal tool, but it would not be correct to say that all inscriptions on bone or tortoise shell were done by means of a metal tool.
The style of the calligraphy on the pottery piece in Dinggong Village is too complicated to have been inscribed directly on the pottery with a sharp tool.
www.chinavoc.com /arts/calligraphy/origin.asp   (704 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy
For the Chinese, calligraphy, the ancient art of the written word is not just a method of communication but also, a means of expressing the dynamic forces of the natural world.
Concerned with both the present and a long past, calligraphy is at once the most rigorously convention-bound and the most fiercely individualistic of the graphic arts.
Calligraphy developed slowly in China over more than 2,000 years before the modem, regular script evolved in the third century.
www.globaled.org /curriculum/china/photomontage/reading.htm   (398 words)

 Chinese culture forum :: Index   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paintings, art, antiques, everthing about culture.
When you speak up to your Chinese friends, they will feel you know them better.
Every Chinese festivals come from a story or history event.
www.chineseresource.com /forum   (220 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy - Chinese Rainbow Calligraphy.
Chinese calligraphy (Rainbow) -is an ancient art form that dates back at least 2,000 years to pictography engraved on Neolithic pottery.
The rainbow calligraphy strokes of your name are modelled according to the strokes of your name in fl/white calligraphy and NOT in any random fashion.(compare Diagram A vs Diagram B) You name may in the end, consist of a combination of different Chinese symbols.
Remember, the outcome of the chinese calligraphy symbols of your name are greatly determined by the original strokes patterns of your name in its fl/white format.
www.geocities.com /asian_chinese_oriental/rainbow-calligraphy.html   (504 words)

 Amazon.com: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy: Books: Jean Long   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Following a history of Chinese calligraphy—going all the way back to the pictographic beginnings of Chinese writing more than 4,000 years ago—the author explains the basic construction of individual characters and the ways in which calligraphy is used by Chinese artists, including calligraphic seals and inscriptions on paintings.
Chinese calligraphy is a mammoth subject with thousands of years of history.
In the introduction to "The Art of Chinese calligraphy", the author says that the purpose of the book is allowing the readers to delight in the intrinsic beauty of Chinese calligraphy, even if they haven't yet mastered the Chinese language.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486417395?v=glance   (1225 words)

 Chinese Calligraphy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Zhang Ruitu was well versed in calligraphy and landscape paintings, with his style of bold and vigorous strokes.
Xu Wei was born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province of the Ming Dynasty.
He was well versed in calligraphy and was an expert of stone tablets.
www.asia-art.net /chinese_calligraphy_paint2.htm   (162 words)

 Chinese calligraphy (from calligraphy) --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
The earliest known Chinese logographs are engraved on the shoulder bones of large animals and on tortoise shells.
The keynote in Chinese philosophy is humanism: man and his society have occupied, if not monopolized, the attention of Chinese philosophers throughout the ages.
The British officer known as Chinese Gordon was famous for his romantic adventures in Asian countries and for his dramatic death at the siege of Khartoum.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-53218   (847 words)

 My Interest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Calligraphy is the most direct form of all artistic expression.
The structure of the character may be compared with that of human body; its balance is architectural, arrived at through strict laws of construction.
The composition of the characters all contribute to the mood and spirit of calligraphy.
daphne.palomar.edu /byungk/my_interest.htm   (177 words)

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