The more you look at a piece of calligraphy, the more you appreciate its structure and flow. By following the turns of the brush, you can recognize that it is not the content that makes it valuable, but its form, rhythm and movement. The ardent collector prizes the medium itself above the message, and calligraphers develop technique over years and even generations.
Calligraphy was the principal visual art in pre-modern China, and in our modern era, this mesmerizing art form is celebrated as an outward expression of the artist’s inner psychology.
The five core script types of calligraphy are seal, regular, running, clerical and cursive types. In seal, regular and clerical script, each stroke is done independently, giving lucidity and dignity to each piece. In running and cursive types, the brush quickens with separate characters and brush strokes gracefully merging into an unremitting movement.
Schools like the one at Keyuan Gardens in Guancheng offer classes to both locals and foreigners. Live calligraphy shows are done every weekend at the Liaobu Zoo from 2pm to 5 pm.