Bridging Cultures / 書法為橋 文化交築

(按此看中文版)

Mr. CHAN Mong Biu teaches calligraphy one stroke at a time. / 陳夢標老師一筆一劃地為同學們演示書法的魅力。
Frequent practice is the key to success for Chinese calligraphy. / 中國書法講求不斷練習,方見進步。
Frequent practice is the key to success for Chinese calligraphy. / 中國書法講求不斷練習,方見進步。

Two years ago, CityU held a series of calligraphy classes in the underground rooms of the library. Filled with mostly exchange students and those who wanted to be more acquainted with the Chinese language (one of them being me), the class aimed to bridge the gap between distinct cultures. This year, they are back and running, holding 4 classes at the Multi-function Hall B and are led by Mr. CHAN Mong Biu, the Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Calligraphy Association, and students from Calligraphantasy.

Last Thursday, I went to take a look to see what the class was up to. Students were to try and write a 4-character proverb — “溫故知新” (wēn gù zhī xīn) (which literally means discovering new inspirations by reviewing old knowledge as advocated by Confucius) — in both clerical and classical style. Despite having no Chinese or calligraphy background, Mariana PÉREZ-BOBADILLA (Hall 8), a Creative Media PhD student from Mexico, was very much interested in delving into something unique to the Chinese culture. This was her third time joining the class. She commented that this calligraphy class, whilst being a joyous activity, required immense focus. On the other spectrum, we have CHEOK Gwan Yong (Lee Shau Kee Hall), a freshman from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering from Malaysia. Having tried calligraphy back in secondary school, he was also familiar with Chinese and Cantonese. He posed a great interest in trying out calligraphy once more, joining in with a bunch of friends.

What really stroke me about the class was just how involved the helpers were. Every now and then they would checkup on students on their progress, initiating light conversations and improving strokes one at a time. Mr. Chan too will, go around to give advice as to how they can improve. From the beginning, Mr. Chan insisted that practice is key. From using analogies to other kinds of visualisations, Mr. Chan wanted students to understand that every stroke matter.

These calligraphy classes will continue to run at Multi-function Hall B, Student Residence, for free from 7PM to 8:30PM tonight and on 3 Nov 2016 (Thursday).  Come and join the fun!

(This series of workshops is co-hosted between Run Run Shaw Library, Student Residence Office, Global Services Office, Department of Chinese & History, and Calligraphantasy.)

Calligraphy is an art for everyone. / 書法是一種老幼咸宜的藝術。
Calligraphy is an art for everyone. / 書法是一種老幼咸宜的藝術。

Writer:   Dazi CREMONITA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Photographer:   Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

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Asking for advice from the expert. / 虛心學習。
Asking for advice from the expert. / 虛心學習。
Learn calligraphy together. / 一起練習書法。
Learn calligraphy together. / 一起練習書法。

兩年前,城大在圖書館底層課室舉辦了一系列書法班,希望築起中西文化的橋樑。席上多是交流生,包括我在內,都興致勃勃的,想透過書法加深對中國語文的認識。書法班今年載譽回歸,於宿舍綜合禮堂B進行。今次請來了香港書法家協會陳夢標榮譽會長親自教授和墨袖齋的學生在旁助教。

昨日,我特意到場觀課,同學正努力以隸書及楷書寫出「溫故知新」這四字成語(「溫故知新」出自《論語‧為政篇》:「溫故而知新,可以為師矣。」,意指從溫習舊有知識的過程中,往往可以得到新的體會和理解)。舍堂八宿生Mariana PÉREZ-BOBADILLA來自墨西哥,正修讀創意媒體博士學位,雖然不會中文,也不懂書法,但仍展現滿腔熱誠,想深入探究中國文化的特色。今堂是她的第三節課,她覺得書法班有趣同時需要非常專注。另一邊廂,來自馬來西亞的李兆基堂一年級宿生CHEOK Gwan Yong(建築學及土木工程學)在中學時期就曾寫過書法,也很熟悉廣東話和普通話,所以特別想和朋友一起參加,重拾書法的趣味。

不過,最令我驚訝的是學生助手都不遺餘力地幫忙。他們不時會跟進同學進度,主動找話題,又會逐筆逐劃地協助同學去進步。陳先生亦會給予意見,他一開初,已經語重心長地強調勤練習的重要。他為了讓同學明白一勾一勒都不可輕看,採用多種教學方式,例如類比和形象化等。

對書法有興趣的同學們,均可於今夜或11月3日(星期四)晚七點到八點半前來宿舍綜合禮堂B 加入練字行列,切勿錯過!

(這一系列工作坊由學生宿舍處、邵逸夫圖書館、環球事務處、中文及歷史學系及墨袖齋共同舉辦。)

A student helper guides a participant stroke by stroke. / 助教學生耐心地指導著同學書寫的秘訣。
A student helper guides a participant stroke by stroke. / 助教學生耐心地指導著同學書寫的秘訣。
文:   Dazi CREMONITA (賽馬會群智堂)
譯:   楊雅怡
攝:   林奕淇 (李兆基堂)

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