Today, one of the Chinese teachers helping to coordinate the program was a guest teacher in my class. It was an amazing experience for my students to learn how to do Chinese calligraphy from a person authentic to the culture! Students not only heard about the ancient traditions of Chinese calligraphy, but also were able to practice how to mix the ink using a stone and ink block, how to properly hold the brush and even how to write their name in Chinese characters!
It was interesting to see how difficult it was for students to hold the brush in proper position. The instructor said that many Chinese students have to attend martial arts courses in order to help build up their muscles to the point where they can hold the brush correctly for extended lengths of time!
Below are a few photos from the day.