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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Oct 19, 2017
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

CHIN 007. Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy

(Cross-listed as JPNS 007 )
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. This course will introduce students to the importance of calligraphy in East Asian Culture. In addition to being a valuable cultural skill, calligraphy is also a process of self-cultivation and self-expression, which reflects the mind-set of the writer. Thus, students will have the opportunity to learn Chinese/Japanese characters not only as linguistic symbols but also as cultural emblems and as an art form. Course objectives include learning to appreciate the beauty of Chinese/Japanese calligraphy, experiencing calligraphy by writing with a brush and ink, and studying various philosophies of calligraphy. In addition to learning several different calligraphic scripts, students will be introduced to the origin, evolution, and aesthetic principles of the Chinese and Japanese writing systems, as well as calligraphy's close connections with painting and poetry. Persistent hands-on practice will be required of all students; course work will include in-class practice, individual/group instruction, reading assignments, and take-home assignments. This class is open to all students and has no language requirement. Due to the course's practicum component, enrollment will be limited by lottery to 10 students.
The course can be repeated for credit.
0.5 credit.
Fall 2017. Jo.
Fall 2018. Jo.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Chinese  
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Check the Fall 2017 Schedule of Courses