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Local artist introduces MS students to Chinese calligraphy and painting

on February 26, 2016

Local artist, Ron Gee, graciously donated his time on Feb. 25 with a special presentation for Middle School students on various aspects of Chinese art. This hands-on experience took place after school in the MS cafetorium.

Mr. Gee covered concepts such as the simple bone stroke, more complex strokes such as “Dragon” with 17 characters, and fun animal characters. He discussed the ancient vs. modern way of depicting Chinese characters and how they’ve changed over time, and how the same brush strokes used for writing can also be used to depict images, such as bamboo plants.

He also observed that the rendering of Chinese characters is much like the improvisation of jazz music.

Each student practiced the brush strokes and techniques Mr. Gee demonstrated during his program, then worked with him as a group to create a huge dragon image!

To view a photo album of this activity, visit the District’s public Facebook page. You can view this photo album even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

 

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