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Animal hair is typically used to make a brush used for Chinese Caligraphy. Sheep and Wolf are conventional sources, while the hair of the bear, pig, chicken, rat are also used. Bamboo is used to make the stick that holds the hair that forms the brush.


Unlike western pen’s ink, Chinese ink is made from pine charcoal, which can’t be used in a regular pen because the Chinese ink will dry and stick in the tube of the pen. Therefore, Chinese ink is solidified and made into a stick called an ink stick. Before writing, the calligrapher grinds the ink stick with water to obtain the black liquid ink.


The paper used for Chinese Caligraphy is the Xuan paper. Xuan paper is distinguished by its high water absorption. If Xuan paper is unavailable, toilet paper is a good substitute.


The Ink stone is a bowl used to grind the ink stick and to keep the ink liquid. The ink stone comes in various shapes and sizes and is a major component in making the ink. A good ink stone results in better quality ink.


• head is upright;
• the body is straight;
• the shoulder is aligned;
• arms are opened;
• feet are still.


Holding your arm away from the desk makes it easy to write huge
characters. This enables your arm to be free so that movement is without any restriction;

Putting your arm on the desk is more stable and allows control of your brush. The stability is especially important for beginners. When you are holding a brush, there should be a space in the middle of your hand so that you could move all of your fingers and the brush stick should be vertical.



Making Ink is the first thing to learn. Beginners are like a chef trying different recipes when making ink. Fortunately, there are only two ingredients for the ink, one is the solidified and concentrated ink stick, and the other is water.

Start by paint any random thing on Xuan paper to see how the liquid moves when you move your brush fast or slow using only the nib or the full brush hair. Try it, and observe the ink on the Xuan paper. Eventual mastery of Chinese Caligraphy means that you can image how the brush strokes will look even before you put brush to paper.


Practice by copying. Copying is the best way to start learning Chinese Caligraphy. Copy from Samples or Copybooks, you will understand the balance of structures not only between a single Chinese character but also the whole work on a large scale. Practice makes a habit.

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  1. PEI YING says:

    Hi, when are the next Chinese calligraphy lessons?

  2. Camelia says:

    Hello! May i know if there is calligraphy writing for children age 5

  3. chwee hua says:


    I’m interested in the Chinese calligraphy writing for children. possible to have more info?

    • therealsonic says:

      Hi, thank you for your inquiry. Our current Chinese Calligraphy teacher does not teach children. He generally teaches adults but it may be possible for 12 years and above. Will e-mail you separately with your inquiry.

  4. Cindy says:

    Hi, im interested in chinese calligraphy. May i know the cost and the timing? Can email me? Thanks.

    • therealsonic says:

      Hi Cindy. Our Chinese Calligraphy classes are every Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Cost is $250 for 4 lessons. Will e-mail you separately too.

  5. Bee says:


    May I know whether the calligraphy class is for writing (chinese character ) OR
    painting ( bamboo or flowers) ?


    • therealsonic says:

      Hi Bee,

      The classes are in both so you can choose which style you prefer as you go along. Let us know if you would like more information.

  6. Jia Ru says:

    Hi there,

    May I please know how do we sign up for the classes? (:

  7. Evelyn says:

    Hi, when is the beginner Chinese calligraphy class starting?

  8. Jone Tan says:

    Hi, I am interested in learning basic calligraphy. Am looking on weekdays.
    Could you advise on the schedule and the cost involved?
    Thank you very much.

    • artist at HRG says:

      Hi Jone, Thank you for contacting us. Will send the schedule for our calligraphy classes to you directly.

  9. Liew says:


    Is there any calligraphy painting lesson for kids of 7 years old ? Thanks

  10. Vernon says:

    Hi I am interested in next friday’s Chinese Calligraphy class, is the fee $250 for one lesson only thanks

  11. Kandy Seah says:

    Calligraphy class will learn the different stroke or can I focus on just one stroke? I prefer will (Kaisu)

    • artist at HRG says:

      Hi Kandy, thank you for contacting us. You can tailor your lesson with Mr. Chew Choon. Classes are on Mondays from 10am to 12pm or Fridays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

  12. Joeline says:


    Is there any calligraphy lessons for a 7yo? What’s the timing, groups size and fees like? Please advise…Thank you

  13. Michelle says:

    Hi is the price $250 for one class or for a few classes?

  14. Dexter Yeo says:

    Hi, do you have beginner classes? Where can I find the schedule? Thanks

  15. Lavi Lev says:

    Hi ,
    Is the class tought in English or Mandarin?
    I am an English speaker learning Mandaring but my speaking level is HSK 3 (pretty poor), very interested in learning caligraphy though.
    If not possible in a classroom form, is private teaching possible?

  16. JOVIAL LIAN says:

    Hi, may I get the class schedule pls.. thank you:)

  17. Brigitte Tin says:

    Hi there

    Do you provide class for a group of people to learn the chinese calligraphy?

  18. Shing says:

    Hi, could you share the schedule for the chinese calligraphy? Is this eligible for skills future credit?

    • artist at HRG says:

      Hi Shing, thank you for contacting us. I will send you the schedule directly. Unfortunately, Skills Future is not eligible at this moment.

  19. Chris Ng says:

    Hi is there a Chinese calligraphy experience class like the Art Jamming session you have? Looking at a 1 time experience for the family. Young adult, Adults n senior.

    • artist at HRG says:

      Yes, there is but there is little guidance. However, we can arrange for a one-time session with some guidance.

  20. FL says:

    Hi could you share the schedule/price for Chinese Calligraphy class as well?

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