Chinese Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, has long occupied a prominent position in Chinese Culture. For many years calligraphy was known as the most prized art form in all of traditional China. It was even considered a fine art long before painting and sculpture. Some of the earliest examples of calligraphy are etched into oracle bones and bronze vessels. However, the attributes that make calligraphy what is it today began developing around 206 B.C. with the manufacturing of the brush, ink, paper, and ink stone.
For over thousands of years, calligraphy has remained an important facet of Chinese life and continues to be linked to society and culture. Today, there is still work for calligraphers and a large market for calligraphy scrolls that are often produced in the traditional manner. The art continues to be a significant part of everyday visual culture and is practiced by millions of Chinese, both professional and amateurs. Many calligraphers find artistic fulfillment in perfecting their “beautiful writing.”
This year’s Chinese Culture Camp will teach children how to embark into the wonderful world of Calligraphy. Teachers versed in this ancient tradition will work closely with campers to produce lovely works of calligraphy. Children will revel in their newfound abilities as they take part in the prestigious art form that began thousands of years ago.