On November 18th, 2016, Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi held the Chinese Corner with the theme of Chinese Calligraphy.
Chinese calligraphy is an ancient art about Chinese character, it has a long history, and the most famous five types are regular script, running script, official script, grass script and seal script. The teacher today introduced the origin of the calligraphy and its development, the “scholar’s four jewels” which are writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper were made available. After the introduction, the teacher taught the students how to write character with brush. She started from small strokes, students felt that the brush is so soft compared to the pens they are used to so they were little bit afraid to put too much strength to it. But with the teacher’s help and guidance, students begun to get used to writing with the brush, they all felt that writing with a brush is difficult but interesting. With more effort, the handwriting became better and beautiful.
The Chinese calligraphy led the students into the palace of character art. Calligraphy helped the students to know more and experience more about Chinese culture.