Chinese painting and calligraphy
Accomplished: (sounds like, a-KOM-plished) skilled; expert
What different names do you have? When do you use them?
What is Chinese calligraphy and how does Yem Han do it?
What kinds of fibers are in the paper you use?
Why does Yem Han have so many brushes?
What do you look at to find peace within yourself?
Who is your cultural role model?
The Chop, Relief Print and Ink Drawing is a 4-5 day lesson plan for 8th grade by Sue Lindemulder.
Chinese Scroll Painting is a one day lesson plan for 6th grade by Sue Lindemulder.
Learning Chinese Online is a portal website to endless resources for learning the language. Look through the “Characters” section especially for on-line games your students can do.
A Window into Asian Art: Chinese Calligraphy is a course for teachers through UW-Platteville taught by Madison-based Chinese calligrapher Yong Pu.
Eight Kinds of Brush Strokes gives lots of good details on each of the eight basic strokes in Chinese calligraphy.
Real Chinese has ten fun lessons on Mandarin Chinese. Hear pronunciations and see slide shows of people in China too.
How to Write Chinese Characters is rich with animations of each Chinese character.
Chinese Calligraphy. Scroll down this page to the “Practice Makes Perfect” section to get detailed instruction on the eight basic strokes in Chinese calligraphy. On the way, look at six different styles of Chinese writing.
Listen to Yem Han's story of deciding to stay with writing the traditional Chinese characters instead of switching to the simplified style. You can read along here.
Want to take a class? Chinese Language and Chinese Calligraphy with Pu Yong is a profile of a Madison-based Chinese calligrapher who teaches a course at MATC.
China the Beautiful lets you explore Chinese calligraphy, poetry, words, sayings and more, and lets you listen too.
Text written by Nicole Saylor, edited by Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include audio recorded interviews with Kwong Yem Han by Nicole Saylor (9/20/03) with materials housed at the Wisconsin Arts Board, “Soo Yuen Benevolent Association” with transcription by James Louie (8/1968), “Chinese Characters: Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signification” by L. Wieger (1965), “Chinese Written Characters: Their Wit and Wisdom” by Rose Quong (1968), “Analysis of Chinese Characters” by G.D. Wilder and J.H. Ingram (1964), Examples of Chinese Characters, and Wikipedia: Simplified Chinese Characters.