Chinese calligraphy facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsChinese calligraphy
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In China, calligraphy is called shūfǎ (書法/书法). It means "way/method/law of writing". It is called shodō (書道) in Japan. It means "way of writing" in Japanese. It is called seoye (서예; 書藝) in Korea. It means "skill of writing" in Korean.
Materials and tools
Four of the most important tools in Chinese calligraphy are called the Four Treasures of the Study. They are the ink brushes, the ink, the paper, and the inkstone. Many calligraphers also usually use water-droppers, paperweights.
Calligraphy usually follows a certain order when writing.
- First horizontally, then vertically
- Top to bottom
- Left side, then right side
- First the middle, then the sides
- First the frame, then inside the frame
- Close the frame last
- Secondary dots last
Images for kids
Memorial to Yueyang Tower by Fan Zhongyan, Song Dynasty
Poems of The four treasures in a scholar's study (Qing dynasty)
In Spanish: Caligrafía china para niños
Chinese calligraphy Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.