Calligraphy (six-session workshop)

Step into the beautiful and exciting world of Chinese Brush works. The brush, water and ink dance on the Xu’an paper while the poetic impulse blends with the aesthetic approach, marrying Chinese writing with a new art form. It is also the process of purifying our mind and heart as we meditate in action, to reach a new level of creativity.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Experiencing the mediums—brush, ink, Xu’an paper

  • Experiencing the fundamental brush works and techniques

  • Acquiring Chinese writing form as a new art

  • Familiar with Chinese philosophy as a daily living art

Required supplies:

  • For your convenience, a starting set including Xuan paper, ink, and three Chinese Painting brushes are available to purchase for $45 through Josephine’s Studio. Contact her at Josephine’s Dancing Brush Studio: (610) 566-6874, or e-mail

  • 4 basic brushes: S: Best Detail, M: Orchid Bamboo, Fine soft; L: Large Flow

  • Xuan paper: non-absorbed (4), absorbed raw (4), double Shuan (4), Sumi paper for practice

  • Pigments: watercolor tubes or Chinese chip colors (Deep Yellow, Indigo, Red, Dark Red, Burnt Sienna, Vermillion…), Martin’s Bleed-Proof White

  • Ink stick and ink stone or liquid ink

  • Palettes or white dishes, water container or jar

  • Felt, about 3 x 2 inches

  • If you have watercolor related art supplies, please bring them to the class