Chinese Calligraphy Taster Sessions

Dates: 11th February & 16th March 2017
Days & Times: Saturday 4pm – 6pm & Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Location: Edinburgh Language Centre, 62 - 66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
Class duration: 2 hours
Course fee: £25 payable via PayPal (includes course materials) FREE if you are a student enrolled on our Chinese or Japanese language programmes.

Students are not required to know the Chinese language to take the courses.


 Course Description

Following the success of our Chinese calligraphy classes in 2016, we're delighted to offer these premier taster sessions in Chinese calligraphy for beginners with Chi Zhang, Scotland’s leading Chinese calligrapher and painter. During the sessions you will create your own artworks by learning the basic skills of this traditional art in Clerical Style (Li Shu 隸書) and Regular Style (Kai Shu 楷書) calligraphy, as well as gain an understanding of the cultural roots of Chinese calligraphy. Clerical Style (Li Shu 隸書) is a traditional artistic writing style dating back 2000 years and is still widely used in signage and posters nowadays and suitable for beginners. Regular Style (Kai Shu 楷書), by comparison, is a slightly more recent writing style, which is characterised by clearer and more deliberate strokes.

Students do not have to attend both sessions, though we recommend that students have some background in Chinese calligraphy before attending the second session. 


Enrol on our Chinese language programme and enjoy first-class tuition with online support outside of class, Academy Member's discount on all courses and all Chinese calligraphy and painting workshops for free.


Chi Zhang

Chi is Scotland’s leading Chinese calligrapher and painter, and an experienced art tutor. In his current paintings, which focus on the Scottish landscape, he encapsulates the essence of his surroundings rather than a naturalistic rendering. This he does with the use of traditional Chinese materials and techniques, exploiting the rich effects created by the interaction of brush, ink, water and paper, and contrasting delicate line with patches of ink and colour. A graduate of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, his work has been exhibited both in the UK and in China: VAS annual exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2012); Tramway Visual Art Centre, Glasgow (2006); Henan Province Art Centre, China (1999); and China Printing Museum, Beijing, China (2003).


Exhibitions and Activities


Shortlist of Sky TV ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’; episode with Chi Zhang will on Sky Art, 8pm, 10th November


Chinese calligraphy for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, works been projected onto the walls of Edinburgh Castle


Chinese calligraphy for Ming exhibition, National Museum of Scotland


Chinese Calligraphy for Ming exhibition, De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam


RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow | Collaboration with Kate Downie


Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

02.2013 - 04.2013

Sole exhibition at Skypark, Glasgow

04.2013 - 05.2013

Group exhibition, Mercat Gallery, Culross, Fife


Chinese calligraphy demonstration in National Museum of Scotland


Performance of Chinese calligraphy in The Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh

Chinese Calligraphy Taster Sessions (March)