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                                                     Chinese Calligraphy

Lesson Created by Nancy Lussier
Pleasant Valley/Schenectady City School District

Lesson Description
Chinese calligraphy can provide many insights to the ancient Chinese culture.
Students will begin to explore the culture by learning how to create and interpret
the art of calligraphy.

Student Objectives
The students will be challenged to learn about calligraphy in the Chinese culture and write their names in

   Students need access to a computer to access videos and websites.
   Student codes for unitedstreaming writing prompt.
   Unitedstreaming and
   Students will need art materials such as brushes, paper, water and paper towels.

NYS Learning Standards Skills and Processes

The Arts
1. 1 experiment and create art works, in a variety of mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics,
printmaking, video, and computer graphics), based on a range of individual and collective experiences.
2.1 develop skills with a variety of art materials and competence in at least one medium
4.3 create art works that show the influence of a particular culture (c).

National Educational Technology Standards for Students

   Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. (3)
   Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare
    publications, and produce other creative works.(3)
   Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. (5)
   Students use technology tools to process data and report results. (5)Students evaluate and select new
    information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.(5)
Focus on Vocabulary
Brush stroke

    1. Watch and listen to the video using the following link:
    2. Writing Assignment: Go to and enter the code: W9BE2-5D4F. Enter your
        full name. Follow the directions. Answer the questions that follow.
    3. Go to the following website: and find your
        name or a name close to your name.
    4. Print out a copy of your name.
    5. Acquire your art materials and begin to reproduce your name in calligraphy using paint and paper.
    6. Turn in any drafts and the final product of your name in calligraphy.
    7. Reflect on the process of writing your name, describe the process. On paper, answer the following
        questions. What worked well? What was frustrating? Was it as easy as you thought it would be?

        Need help with brush strokes? Visit

Extending the Lesson
   Students would further their understanding of names in the Chinese culture by watching the united
    streaming video, Tiki Tikal Tavi, and answering the questions that follow. Additionally, students would
    compare that video to the website that has the original words to the story.
   Students can also begin to write in sentences.

Students will be evaluated on how thoroughly they answer the writing prompt and if they support their ideas
with examples from the image provided. Students will be evaluated on their artwork, based on neatness,
development of ideas, accuracy to original image and brush stroke.

Students will share their finished calligraphy project and discuss the process of creating their name, describing
the struggles and achievements.

Credits and References
       China: Fun and Firecrackers: Brush Painting. Channel 4. 1999.
        unitedstreaming. 5 March 2007 <>
       Ming Philosopher Wang Yangming (1472-1529).. IRC. 2005.
        unitedstreaming. 5 March 2007 <