This event is part of Sydney Lunar Festival.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Part of the City of Sydney's Lunar Festival celebration program for 2020

Supported by the City of Sydney

Learn the basics of traditional Chinese calligraphy to celebrate the Sydney Lunar Festival

A 2 hour workshop to learn the basics of traditional Chinese calligraphy. The workshops will teach the foundations of Chinese ink painting, using simple but expressive brush strokes on rice paper to create some beautiful Chinese characters.

Dr Fan will translate students’ English names into Chinese and then write it down to create a beautiful Chinese calligraphy piece on rice paper. Students then start learning how to do it by themselves. This elegant brush writing technique is taught in a way that is easy to understand, yet meditative, enjoyable and relaxing.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to understand the basics of Chinese calligraphy, comprehend the use of materials and equipment, master the essential brush strokes and composition, construct simple Chinese letters and start to enjoy this classic art form.

Students require no previous calligraphy or art experience.

Workshops include materials and drinks.

Workshops are for 6-12 adults.

Teacher’s profile:
Dr Fan Dongwang graduated from Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts with comprehensive training of traditional Chinese art forms. He studied Master of Art at COFA, NSW University and completed Doctor of Creative Art at Wollongong University. He was awarded Wollongong University Postgraduate Award, Mosman Art Prize, Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Liverpool City Art Prize; Willoughby City Art Prize; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; and Art on The Rocks Prize.

Fan was invited by the Sydney City Council to design a huge Dragon Lantern at Dawes Point, for the 2016 Sydney Lunar Festival which was also exhibited in Circular Quay in 2017. He has also designed 2 large Dog lanterns in Chinatown as part of Sydney City Council Lunar Festival Lantern Exhibition in 2018 and 2019.



Thursday 23 January 2020 from 5pm to 7pm


Workshop: $60.00

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