Chinese calligraphy is an art of lines and has developed into five styles: Zhuan, Li, Kai, Xing, Cao; It is a culmination of thousands of years of input by Chinese ancestors to create a brilliant civilization. Beginner classes will start from the most basic line drawing, starting with Zhuan script, following with Li, Kai and Xing , Cao temporarily not planned. After the introductory course, I believe you will have a systematic understanding and practice of the five calligraphy scripts. You will be able to practice it by yourself as an interesting pastime.
A brief introduction to the history of Chinese calligraphy. Essential calligraphy tools and materials known as the four treasures: brush, ink, paper, ink stone and how to use them.
Initially learning the correct brush holding then drawing lines from a standing position, laying a good foundation for future practice and improvement;
Introduction and demonstration of the five Chinese calligraphy styles, Zhuan script 篆, Li script 隶, Kai script 楷, Xing script 行, Cao script 草.
Practice two masterpieces; 1）Zhuan script 篆書：Yi Shan Bei 峄山碑, 2）Lishu 隶书：Cao Quan Bei 曹全碑
Kai script and Xing script are the most commonly used and most important styles out of the five styles of Chinese calligraphy. Learning Kai script and Xing are the main courses of this class.
Introduction to five masters of the Kai script: Ou Yangxiong 歐陽詢, Yan Zhengqing 顏正卿, Liu Gongquan 柳公權, Zhao Mengfu 趙孟頫 and Chu Suiliang 褚遂良. An insight to five calligrapher's characteristics and styles.
Mandatory practice of Chu Sui Liang's "Yan Ta Shen Jiao Xu"《雁塔聖教序》， to lay the foundation for the next phase of Xing script.
Xing script practice: Through the study of Mi Fu’s Handwritten letter 行書手札 and Wang Xizi's "Lan Ting Xu"《蘭亭敘》，a broader understanding of the method and structure of Xing Script can be learnt.
Introduce and practice the various composition of calligraphy works.
Ruijun Hu is an artist born in 1960. He attended Northwest Normal University Arts College, China and after graduating in 1987, stayed on to work as an arts teacher for three years. In 1991 he moved to London and studied at the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts, 2000.
Between 2008 and 2010 he worked as one of the main artists on the Armada Painting Project, a series of six large scale paintings for the House of Lords. The paintings were exhibited in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords where it was unveiled by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The works are now permanently displayed in the Prince's Chamber, House of Lords.
In 2014, he held two solo exhibitions in Macao Army Club and Gu Yuan Arts Museum, invited by Macao Foundation and Gu Yuan Arts Museum Zhuhai, China. His oil painting’s "Little Scene of Macao " and "Grey Stone series" were collected by Macau Foundation and by Gu Yuan Arts Museum respectively.
In addition to painting, Ruijun has taught and demonstrated Chinese calligraphy in several schools across the country and public places including London County Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank. He is also a talented Chinese Bamboo Flautist, performing both solo and as part of the London Chinese Orchestra and the Grand Union Orchestra throughout UK and Europe. He has also recorded flute music for multiple films and TV series. He is one of the co-founders of the Oriental Art Troupe of the UK and now the vice president of the British Chinese Artists Association.