Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Books - Chinese Calligraphy

Mastering Chinese calligraphy takes years of discipline. But learning the basics takes a brush, ink, paper, and a look through one of these books.

My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy  by He Zhihong & Guillaume Olive.

If your child is interested in Chinese calligraphy, I recommend getting this book. It teaches the basics of calligraphy, such as its evolution, the different styles and the radicals, in an engaging, easy to read manner. It includes numerous practice sheets, and simple "games" with the strokes, along with well written instructions. It also includes a dvd, for those who prefer that medium, that talks you through the lessons, with some simple games.

Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering  by Rebecca Yue.

Great book that works for beginners, and includes a character stroke guide. With easy to follow diagrams, it describes brush strokes and proper orders. I especially like the projects included, like the greeting cards.

Books are a wonderful way to experience new worlds and ideas. Our house is filled with books, most of which are borrowed from our public library. Public libraries are an incredible resource, making books accessible to everyone, and we highly encourage everyone to discover theirs. If you are hoping to build your own home library, I've made it easy by linking book titles to Amazon.com. Please note that I have become affiliated with them, which means that if you make a purchase, you are also supporting this website.

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