In this workshop we will assume no prior familiarity with Chinese characters or Chinese calligraphy. We will start by explaining a little bit about the history of Chinese characters and how they are structured. Then we will take a look at some different styles of calligraphy to get a idea of the variety in character forms, as well as an understanding of the sense of beauty in Chinese calligraphy.
Then it will be your turn. We will study the regular script of Ouyang Xun (欧阳询, 7th century AD), which today is regarded as a model script, and a good starting point for new students. We will study the basic strokes, write some simple characters, and finish by writing a short but meaningful text. Of course, there will be plenty of room for asking questions and personal feedback throughout the workshop; if there is something specific you would like to write, we can probably accommodate that also.
Depending on participants the workshop will be taught in English or Dutch; of course, questions can always be asked in either language (or in Chinese).