Calligraphy is the traiditonal art of writing Chinese characters. After centuries of creation and evolution, Calligraphy has become a unique form of art
Chinese scripts are generally divided into five categories: the seal script(zhuan), the official script( li),the regular script(kai), the cursive hand(cao),and the running hand(xing)..
The seal script was the representative script of the Qin Dynasty(221BC -206BC).
The official script was popularly used in theHan Dynasty(206BC -220AD)
The regular script was the result of development of the officcial script
The cursive hand is a fast way of writing the regular and official script
The running hand is the script between theregular and cursive. Neither as neat as the former nor as difficult to recognize as the latter,it is the most commonly used,and is the easiest way of handwring.
There have been many famous calligraphers,such as Wang Xizhi,Ouyang xun,Yan Zhengqing.Each ,after years of hard practice,has formed a unique calligraphic style,elevating the Chinese calligraphy into a higher leve.
Chinese brush,ink stick,paper and ink stone are the necessary tools and materials for writing and painting and have always been named collectively as the “ Four Treasures of the Study” . To learn calligraphy, one first has to learn how to use a Chinese brush. Beginners should start by copying the regular script..