Chinese New Year Celebration at Brockton High school

Celebrating Chinese New Year is the happiest time for all the Chinese people! Writing “Fu福” and “Chun春”is the happiest time for all the students at Ms. Ren Li’s three Chinese classes and one calligraphy class. Ms. Ren Li, an active member of ASSCE, also a Chinese teacher at Brockton High school (MA) and a calligraphy teacher at Sharon Chinese School (MA) carries on the calligraphy tradition to guide her students to make a calligraphy art piece. (See pictures)  

Picture 1: Ms. Ren Li (middle) and her weekend Chinese school students

Picture 2: Ms. Ren Li’s Chinese V. students at Brockton High School, MA

Picture 3: Ms. Ren Li’s Chinese IB (International Baccalaureate) class students are concentrated on practicing calligraphy at Brockton High School, MA

Picture 4: Ms. Ren Li’s Chinese IB (International Baccalaureate) class students at Brockton High School, MA, present their calligraphy art work happily

Huiwen Li Shared Calligraphy Curriculum and Teaching to Ohio Teachers

On October 19, 2018, Dr. Huiwen Li was invited as a guest speaker for the First Asian American Summit hosted by Saint Ignatius High School. With Ohio teachers Dr. Li shared his viewpoints such as

  • Chinese calligraphy is treated as the core component of Chinese culture, and its beauty and value significance should be realized and promoted;
  • Both the culture and writing skill should be incorporated in the American language and culture classes and broadly.

The Summit attendees expressed their willingness to take the responsibility of calligraphy teaching.

Durham Academy Offers Chinese Calligraphy Class

在德仁学院高中部中文项目,每七天会有一次书法课,作为正常课程的文化补充,一个学年大约20个课时,第一年学生从小篆和隶书开始练习,第二年起开始进行楷书的介绍。按照不同的中文水平,书写内容随之调整,例如初级中文班强调基本汉字的笔画以及间架结构,从基本的象形字和会意字入手,增强中文初学者对汉字的敏感度;中高级中文班以古诗为学习内容,先诵读诗文,再读帖临摹,每三课时为一个古诗小单元,听说读写和书法练习齐头并进。教师用PPT辅助教学,将网络字帖库里的单字放在幻灯片上,按字逐个进行练习,学生通过教师的一对一辅导、同学之间互评、和自评得到即时反馈,每个学期举办一次小型书法展。

At Durham Academy Upper School, Calligraphy Day is offered once every 7-day rotation, as a cultural supplement of the year-long Chinese curriculum. There are about 20 instructional hours for the entire school year for each class. Students are practicing small seal script and clerical script for the first-year learning. The regular script is taught starting from the second year when the brush techniques and aesthetics are given special importance.

The content is selected depending on the proficiency level of each language class. For instances, beginners are focusing on practicing the basic strokes and recognizing the internal structure of characters. Selected pictographic characters and ideogrammic compound characters are introduced to help students establish the visual sensitivity to the shapes and structural configurations of characters. In the intermediate to pre-advanced classes, each unit contains a traditional poem with corresponding cultural background. Students learn to recite the poem, and produce the calligraphy project within 3 class periods. Feedback and assessment include individual guided instruction, peer evaluating, self-evaluating, and project showcase.

除了中文课堂上的书法课,德仁学院中文项目也与学校心理咨询室共同举办过以减压为目的的“书法静观工作坊 (Mindfulness Calligraphy Workshop)”,配合一系列的正念静观活动,如正念行走(mindful walking), 冥想(meditation), 禅绕画(Zentangles)等,达到对参与者的身心放松,活动在全校范围内反响甚好。

In addition to calligraphy class, Durham Academy Chinese Program also co-organized Mindfulness Calligraphy Workshops with the school psychological counselor. The innovative workshop involves mindful calligraphy practice and other mindful activities, such as mindful walking, meditation, Zentangles, etc. Participants learn to control their breath and their strength while creating a piece of calligraphy project, using traditional Chinese writing tools (brush, ink and rice paper). This practice is designed to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions.

Ms. Bonnie Wang teaching calligraphy class:

其他老师体验中国书法:

Teachers experiencing Chinese calligraphy:

书法静观工作坊:

Mindfulness Calligraphy Workshop:

学生作品(二零一八年十月)

Selected students’ work (October, 2018):

中文四 柯佳童 《静夜思》前半部分:

Excerpt of “A Tranquil Night” by Justin Cobb (Chinese 4)

中文四 赵虎 《静夜思》前半部分:

Excerpt of “A Tranquil Night” by Tigey Jewell-Alibhai (Chinese 4)

中文三 谭铭溪 《静夜思》前半部分:

Excerpt of “A Tranquil Night” by Brooke Adams (Chinese 3)

中文二 金孝琳 《静夜思》前半部分:

Excerpt of “A Tranquil Night” by Dianne Kim (Chinese 2)

中文二 钟敏 《静夜思》前半部分:

Excerpt of “A Tranquil Night” by Luci Jones (Chinese 2):

中文一 古天卓 乔小燕 小篆《千字文》:

Top: Excerpt of “Thousand Character Classic” by Adrian Gutierrez (Chinese 1)

Bottom: Excerpt of “Thousand Character Classic” by Ava Kilgore (Chinese 1)

ACTFL 2017 Conference Demo

ASSCE Demo info

ACTFL 2017 Conference venue: Convention Center, Nashville, TN
Time & Date: Friday & Saturday, November 17&18, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Demo location: Conference Exhibition Center Tuttle Publishing Booth#834

Demo-calligrapher: John Wang;  Demo director: Jasmine Tang. 
Booth Manager: Mike Page

Attendees:

Madeline Chu, Yea-fen Chen, Huiwen Li, Yu Li, Jasmine Tang, John Wang


 

Hanzi Unification Conference

  • The 20th International Academic Seminar of Uniform of Chinese Writing was held in Changsha, China, on July 13-15, 2017. Jasmine Tang, Chi-Ming Tang, Madeline Chu, and Niu Hu attended the seminar. Jasmine Tang presented on "代化的同文由繁至,由至繁带给大家的惊喜和成就".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • The 19th International Symposium on Shu Tong Wen (Unification of the Hanzi Writing Systems) was held in Shanghai inJune 2016. 第十九次汉字书同文国际学术研讨会于今年六月在上海举行。Conference information is available via this link .

Calligraphy Demo at ACTFL

At the invitation of Tuttle Publishing, ASSCE members including Bertrand Mao will perform shufa demos at the publisher’s booth (#1620). Mr. Mike Page, Digital Marketing Manager and Academic Sales Manager, Tuttle Publishing, calls this event a “wonderful opportunity for education and cultural understanding.”

Bertrand Mao is an accomplished artist and recognized master of calligraphy, a respected and renowned educator, gallery owner and author.  He is founding member of the CEG (Calligraphy Education Group), which has eventually evolved into ASSCE today. He has been practicing Chinese calligraphy and painting for more than sixty years.  A graduate of Georgetown Law School in 1965, he devoted his lifelong passion for China calligraphy and painting upon retirement to teaching these two arts at University of Maryland, American University, and Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, MD. He has demonstrated and lectured widely at universities, libraries, art museums, and government institutions in the greater Washington, D.C. area and across the country. He has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Taiwan, India, and China.

November 18-20, 2016