Mandarin pupils have been learning traditional brush writing

This week, Year 9 Mandarin learners have been practising traditional Chinese brush writing “Shufa”. Although for most pupils, this is their first contact with Chinese calligraphy, they have quickly made an introduction to extremely advanced skills: how to hold the brush correctly, apply their brush movement using the correct amount of ink and to begin to express links between harmony of motion, semantic content and ‘artistic’ expression. These skills also align the creation of this art with energetics: it is both through the physical action, but also the intention and whole meditative mindset. When rendering strokes with one’s brush, one will experience the basic movements of Tai Chi and the delicate balance of Yin and Yang. Well done to all pupils involved.