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April 13, 2012 > Chinese calligraphy at Olive Hyde

Chinese calligraphy at Olive Hyde

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art Guild is presenting a program about the beauty and art of Chinese calligraphy. To the casual observer, a Chinese calligraphy piece may sometimes be interpreted as a painting since both are accomplished using similar tools and techniques. When more is learned about calligraphy, however, different levels of appreciation are developed. Over the history of Chinese civilization several styles of Chinese characters have developed. There are rules governing the strokes or lines of the characters, but individual artistic expression is encouraged on the structures of characters and the overall presentation of a work in calligraphy. Complex strokes can involve an elaborate thought process often filled with emotion.

Artist and presenter, Shu-chen Chen, originally became fascinated by Chinese calligraphy when she was in elementary school. Her career path, however, was in Finance and Accounting. When choosing extra-curricular activities for her own children she rediscovered calligraphy and again picked up the brush. Chen has studied the art of calligraphy with Mei-Ju Chang and Huai-Ning Fu, both exceptionally accomplished calligraphers. She has also taken workshops from Pei-Jen Hau, who combines tradition and modernity in his unique splash ink paintings. More recently she has been studying under Pao-Tsa Yuan, a renowned master of bamboo paintings. Currently Chen teaches calligraphy at the Fremont Senior Center, the Northwest Region Tzu Chi Foundation, and at her Fremont studio.

During the presentation at Olive Hyde Art Center, Chen will introduce the five calligraphy styles, Zhuan shu (seal script), li shu (clerical script), xing shu (semi-cursive/running script), cao shu (cursive/grass script), and kai shu (traditional standard script). She will also introduce the "Four Treasures of the Study": ink brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. She will demonstrate wielding the brush and basic strokes. Finally there will be an opportunity for group practice with standard script.

This program will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at the Olive Hyde Art Center on 123 Washington Boulevard in Fremont, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Art Center's Mission Room Admission is free, reservations are required, call Elaina at (510) 651-4441.

Chinese Calligraphy
Tuesday, April 17
10 a.m. to noon
Olive Hyde Art Center
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 651-4441
Free; reservations required

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