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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

The Art Appreciation Series

A series of documentaries that opens one's eyes to a deeper appreciation of art, reflecting not only on great art and artists, but also on the positive affects art and design have on society as a whole. Series: 7 or 9 programs (10 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Brush Dance with Xiao Kejia: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Brush Dance with Xiao Kejia: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy, "Shu Fa" in Chinese, and also called brush calligraphy, has been a technique for writing Chinese characters for thousands or years. Treasured in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Singapore as well, it is considered to be a uniquely East Asian art. Today, the love of calligraphy has spread worldwide. This classic documentary features (Katherine) Xiao Kejia, respected as one of China's master calligraphers - a distinction among Chinese women, who introduces viewers to the presentation, style, emotions, spirituality and esthetics of calligraphy. Like a great painter, Kejia's brush literally dances as she demonstrates a technique, which took years of discipline to achieve. We learn how this artistic training was passed down through generations of her family - her grandfather, Xiao Lao, was well known as a calligrapher and poet; however, although she has achieved worldwide acclaim, this program's focus is primarily on the appreciation of her beloved ancient art. We learn of the four essential tools required to practice calligraphy, the ink brush, ink, paper, and inkstone; then, following the handling of her brush, we witness the power and beauty she is able to convey as she paints and identifies the characters. Produced by J. Howmark Productions. 02/10DE IJSCA 30 min.
Also See: Calligraphy 1 & 2

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