Chinese words are called ‘characters’ which can be traced back for more than 6000 years old. The first characters were inscribed, using wooden sticks, pointed stones, jade or bronze knives and archaeologists have found symbols on ceramics, bones (the famous Oracle Bones) and bronze artefacts.
From around 200 BC, people started using brushes and ink to write on silk and paper, which were invented by the Chinese at the time.
Chinese writing evolved over thousands of years from pictographs to modern day writing. Each character is made up of strokes and dots.
This workshop will provide you with a brief history of Chinese writing and you will learn how to write in Chinese, using a brush and ink on rice-paper.
By the end of the workshop, you should be able to write your own name in Chinese!
About the Tutor
The tutor, Anna Lo, was born and brought up in Hong Kong. Educated bilingually in the British colony, Anna has been an advocate in Northern Ireland in promoting understanding of Chinese culture.