Calligraphy literally translates as 'beautiful writing.' In China, from a very early period, calligraphy was considered not just a form of decorative art; rather, it was viewed as the supreme visual art form, was more valued than painting and sculpture, and ranked alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation.

How one wrote, in fact, was as important as what one wrote. It's so highly respected even still in Chinese culture, and it really is a beautiful art to learn because of it's controlled methods and meditative effect.

The best Chinese calligraphy courses are:

  1. Chinese Calligraphy Class With Desmond Chung and Kang Shu Wen
  2. Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy: Standard Script
  3. Learn Chinese Calligraphy at the Chinese Community Centre
  4. Chinese Calligraphy Course With Chi Zhang
  5. Chinese Calligraphy Course at Brighton MET
  6. Learn Chinese Calligraphy Online with Wú Chinese Art Workshop

1. Chinese Calligraphy Class With Desmond Chung and Kang Shu Wen

During this course, our skilled tutors will take you step-by-step through the various techniques, styles, and histories of this genre.

Chinese calligraphy with Sunny Art Centre

Learn about different types of papers and brushes and their material significance's, as well as the diverse range of inks, and ways of articulating marks and compositions.

Perhaps even pick up on some Chinese characters as well! This course is intended for pupils across all skill levels - We will be able to accommodate specific interests as well as teach more general techniques and methods. Feel free to experiment and sharpen your skills in an energizing yet meditative and relaxing atmosphere.

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2. Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy: Standard Script

This introductory workshop will mainly focus on the regular style, covering the basic strokes, the rules for stroke order for writing common words and phrases. There will be a particular focus on popular phrases and titles used in Chinese brush paintings of flowers and birds.

The Prince's School of Traditional Arts is a school that teaches and research arts and crafts of the world's greatest traditions.

Their classes are highly sought after and often sell out. They are one of the best places in the country, never mind London, to learn traditional arts, and Chinese Calligraphy is one of them.

Book a class with The Prince's School Of Traditional Arts here

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3. Learn Chinese Calligraphy at the Chinese Community Centre

The London Chinese Community Centre was founded in 1980 as the first in the country. The centres mission is to preserve and promote the Chinese culture but it also helps the Chinese community integrate better into UK culture.

Learning Chinese calligraphy 

Their Chinese calligraphy class is held by Chinese tutors who have perfected calligraphy for years. The class is every Saturday from 3 pm till 5 pm and is £70 for 10 sessions. It's a very cheap and authentic way to learn Chinese calligraphy, although you do have to be a member to join. The membership costs around £12.

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4. Chinese Calligraphy Course With Chi Zhang

This four-week crash course is a perfect introduction to Chinese calligraphy. Chi has been studying Chinese Calligraphy since she was 5 and has developed this course after many years of teaching to be tailored for complete beginners.

You'll cover the basics from everything, from brush painting to Clerical Style. These classes are small, with a maximum of 12 students, meaning Chi can get around everyone with plenty of personal attention.

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5. Chinese Calligraphy Course at Brighton MET

This course is suitable for all levels, whether you're looking to start from the beginning, or pick up a practice you haven't done in a while.

The course covers Chinese INK, brushes and formation of Chinese characters, helping students to produce poems with Chinese or English on traditional rice paper. Student will learn the basic formation of Chinese characters and the skill to use traditional brushes.

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6. Learn Chinese Calligraphy Online with Wú Chinese Art Workshop

Can't make a class in-person? Choose to learn online instead with this course by Wú Chinese Art Workshop. With over 3 hours of on-demand video and 26 downloadable resources, this course gives you everything you need to start Chinese calligraphy.

You'll learn stroke by stroke, character by character, until you've mastered the compound characters, as well as learning more about Chines culture.

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Looking for more interesting classes?

We have hundreds of evening, weekend and day time classes, courses and workshops listed on the Obby market place. Find some of the best below: