Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

A course by Thomas Lam
Chinese Calligrapher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
, Chinese Calligrapher

Learn how to write Chinese characters through artistic practices and brush stroke techniques

  • 100% positive reviews (57)
  • 1820 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to write Chinese characters through artistic practices and brush stroke techniques



  • 100% positive reviews (57)
  • 1820 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 2m)
  • 15 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Calligraphy combines the literary component of text with the visual elements of art. To enjoy the ancient art, real knowledge of the language is not necessary since the process of creating calligraphy artwork is a time for reflection and meditation. Join calligrapher Thomas Lam as he teaches you how to write Chinese characters through traditional techniques.

Discover the centuries old practice of Chinese calligraphy and uncover the secrets of the language by writing it with ink and a brush. Use rice paper and your favorite Chinese poem to develop your own unique piece of calligraphic art.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Basic Strokes
  • U3
    U3. Chinese Characters with Open Structure
  • U4
    U4. Chinese Characters with Enclosed Structure
  • U5
    U5. How to Build Your Calligraphy Portfolio
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Thomas. He shares his journey as a calligraphy artist, and shows you some of his work. Hear about the calligraphers that inspire him and get an overview of the different Chinese calligraphy scripts.

Go through the different brushes needed and get recommendations on which ink and paper to use. Practice the correct form for holding your brush and learn the basic components of Chinese characters. Thomas guides you through the brush stroke techniques used to paint each element.

Discover the different structures that compose Chinese calligraphy. Start with the basic open structure and single component characters. Then move on to top-bottom and left-right structures with the help of a grid. Learn how to practice correct stroke order and keep characters proportionate.

After grasping the technique, explore the composition of more complex Chinese characters. Thomas shows you how to create enclosed structures, which are commonly used characters. Then, explore how to combine the different structures learned in the course to create more detailed characters.

Learn how to set up rice paper to create calligraphy artwork. See how to align, fold, and trim your paper before writing a Chinese poem. Thomas provides you with a famous poem from the Tang Dynasty, but you are free to use the poem of your choice. To conclude the course, Thomas shares some tips on photographing and sharing your artwork.

What is this course's project?

Write a Chinese poem with the calligraphy techniques taught throughout the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning Chinese calligraphy.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

To take this course, you need brushes, ink, paper, an ink dish, a writing pad, a wash cloth, and a wooden rack for the brushes.


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Thomas Lam

A course by Thomas Lam

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Chinese Calligrapher

Thomas Lam is a Chinese calligraphy artist and teacher based in London. Born and raised in Hong Kong, his internationally recognized work is taught in calligraphy workshops through his academy Write Like Dance.

For over a decade, he has been sharing his work online and with calligraphy students in the UK and Hong Kong. He is currently developing a learning system for lovers of calligraphy and Chinese culture.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Brief Introduction of Chinese Calligraphy
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Basic Strokes

    • Turning Strokes
    • Hooks
    • Left Falling and Press Down Strokes
    • Dot, Horizontal and Vertical Strokes 2
    • Dot, Horizontal and Vertical Strokes 1
    • Materials
  • U3

    Chinese Characters with Open Structure

    • Stroke Order
    • Left-Right Structure Characters
    • Top-Bottom Structure Characters
    • Simple Structure Characters
  • U4

    Chinese Characters with Enclosed Structure

    • Combined Structure
    • Completely Enclosed Structures
    • Enclosed Structures with Three Sides
    • Enclosed Structures with Two Sides
  • U5

    How to Build Your Calligraphy Portfolio

    • How to Take a Photo for Your Artwork
    • How to Create a Chinese Calligraphy Artwork
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

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Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Thomas Lam

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

A course by Thomas Lam
Chinese Calligrapher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (57)
  • 1820 students