Calligraphy is the art of lettering that has existed almost as long as the written word. Calligraphy can be practised using almost any alphabet, and thus can be found in documents from China, Japan, medieval European monks, the United States and many other places. Teaching children calligraphy can help improve penmanship and encourage creativity and attention to detail. Activities will help students practice their calligraphy regularly. These activities don't require special calligraphy tools, although calligraphy pens with slanted tips can be used. Children can practice with markers, pencils, or regular pens.
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Chinese New Year Calligraphy
The Chinese New Year is an important holiday in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated with many cultural traditions. The colour red is of special significance for its implications of good luck and strength. Teach children about Chinese calligraphy by letting them create chun lian, or New Year's decorations, on red paper. A reproducible work sheet from Scholastic can help guide small hands.
Learning to Write Calligraphy Letters
Help students learn to create the careful strokes necessary for calligraphy in the Western alphabet. A reproducible sheet from Cool Coloring Pages will show children what direction to move their pen and in what order to help practice their penmanship. Practitioners can work on both upper and lower case letters and then practice creating words and sentences.
Help encourage student creativity by allowing them to create their own calligraphic alphabet. Let students search for examples of beautiful penmanship in books, on the Internet, in art, in graffiti, on postcards or anywhere expressive lettering is found. Using the examples as inspiration, the students can create their own unique alphabet that utilises carefully crafted letters, flourishes and attention to detail. Let the students create art projects such as nameplates and poems using their personal alphabet.
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