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Discover China Through Art


Writing as Painting: Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
September 28 through December 18, 2015

This fall at China Institute Gallery, Discover China Through Art (DCTA), the innovative art education program for groups from schools and other organizations, will present a special calligraphy workshop on the history of Chinese characters. Through a video presentation and an experimental ink and brush calligraphy workshop, participants will learn more about Chinese characters, the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world, as well as hands-on experience in calligraphy, the highest art form in Chinese culture.

The Chinese writing system is one of the oldest in the world. In ancient Chinese legends, Chinese characters were created by Cangjie (仓颉), a four-eyed official historian of the Yellow Emperor in prehistoric ages. Through his observations, he realized that the species of birds and beasts could be identified by their footprints. Inspired by this method, Cangjie invented the earliest characters by giving each subject a pictorial resemblance symbol, also known as pictogram.

Though he was a legendary figure, archaeological excavation of oracle bone inscriptions proves that Chinese people had created a well-developed writing system earlier than the late second millennium BC. Chinese scripts and fonts have continued to develop over thousands of years, and we are still using this writing system today.

Video presentations and workshops will be tailored to the needs of the participants. All age groups are welcome.

Schedule | Available for booking on:
Weekday Morning 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Afternoon 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

(Please contact for evening and weekend workshops)
(Up to 30 participants per group)

Fee: Weekdays: $90 per group
Evenings and weekends: $120 per group

(Please reserve tours at least two weeks in advance of the requested date.)

Contact: Insher Pan 212-744-8181 x 147 or by email at