In China, calligraphy is referred to as Shūfǎ, which means the way or the law of writing. There are several main categories of Chinese traditional calligraphy: Xing (semi-cursive), Cao (cursive), Zhuan (Zuan seal), Li (clerical), Kai (regular). Kai is the commonly used style of Chinese calligraphy and is considered the official style.
A brush is the traditional writing instrument for Chinese calligraphy. The body of the brush is commonly made from bamboo, and the head of the brush is typically made from animal hair. In China, the paper is called Xuanzhi. Paperweights are used to hold down paper. Chinese calligraphy focuses not only on methods of writing but also on cultivating one’s personality.
In preparation for Chinese New Year, special guest Ms. Chen, taught the students how to write in traditional Chinese writing, also known as Chinese calligraphy. Each student had the opportunity to hold their own calligraphy brush and wrote on Xuanzhi paper.