Development of Chinese Characters

Presented by

Phoebe Liang D’Alessandro

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Chinese calligraphy is closely linked to the development of Chinese Characters.  During this session, Ambassador Phoebe Liang D’Alessandro shows pictures of different writing styles, writing materials, and examples of Chinese Characters. A demonstration of Chinese calligraphy will be given and students will have a chance to practice writing their own Chinese characters with writing brushes.

Unlike the alphabetical language in the west, Chinese characters were constructed to indicate meanings as well as pronunciations. The earliest words are pictographs, which are sketches that depict objects. Chinese calligraphy and characters changed with writing materials (which include animal bones and shells as well as rice paper) and events in Chinese history, forming scripts, which are similar to using different fonts when typing on the computer. During this session, students will be shown pictures of these different scripts, writing materials, and examples of Chinese character compositions. A calligraphy demonstration will be given in the class and each student will have a chance to practice writing one or two words.

Workshop Details

Region/Culture

China

Subject(s)

Language, Visual Art, Social Studies

Participants

25

Standard Length

45

Room Setup

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

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