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This fully illustrated coursebook provides a comprehensive description of the history and practical techniques of Chinese calligraphy. No previous knowledge of the language is required to follow the text or complete the lessons. The work covers three major areas: 1) descriptions of Chinese characters and their components, including stroke types, layout patterns, and indications of sound and meaning; 2) basic brush techniques and the art of composing calligraphy pieces; and 3) the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of Chinese calligraphy--all of which are crucial to understanding and appreciating this art form. Students practice brush writing as they progress from tracing to copying to freehand writing. Model characters are marked to indicate meaning and stroke order, and well-known model phrases are shown in various script types, allowing students to practice different calligraphic styles. Beginners will find the author's advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in writing brush strokes invaluable. Chinese Writing and Calligraphy will be welcomed by both students and instructors in need of an accessible text on learning the fundamentals of the art of writing Chinese calligraphy.

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This volume introduces Chinese calligraphy and provides detailed instruction for basic brush writing at a beginning level. Stroke techniques, Chinese character structure, and the art of composition are described and while Regular Script is the main focus, Small Seal Script, Clerical Script, and Cursive styles are discussed and numerous examples of each provided. Sections on the history of the art of Chinese calligraphy delve into the philosophical and cultural aspects of Chinese brush writing and a Pinyin pronunciation guide is provided. The work is suitable as a textbook for high school or undergraduate students and includes an appendix of brush writing exercises. Chapters are well laid out and each concludes with discussion questions and writing practice. Li (Chinese language, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) developed this work from his collected teaching materials. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Li, Wenden
University of Hawaii Press
Li, Wendan
Chinese characters
Calligraphy, chinese
Techniques - Calligraphy
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Latitude 20 Book
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9.90x6.90x.80 in. 1.30 lbs.

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