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As computers become an ever increasing part of everyday life, people type more and write less. And as for traditional Chinese calligraphy, the situation is even worse.
But when school reopens in September, students in China's major cities will once again take up the brush, as calligraphy classes become part of the curriculum.
Primary and middle school students in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and a few major cities across China are being treated to a new class, China's traditional calligraphy. In the capital, students will learn how to write ancient poems and essays with brush and ink. And in Gansu province in China's northwest, the subject will be put on the compulsory education list.
Ouyang Zhongshi, Calligrapher, said, "Chinese calligraphy is a special subject. Calligraphy itself is a kind of knowledge, but based on such knowledge it's upgraded to a kind of art. When I was young, calligraphy was taught at schools. Now it's returning to the classroom. It's a wise act. I'm willing to offer my hands to support this move."
Niu Baoyi, Member, China Calligraphers's Association, said, "The aim of opening calligraphy classes is not to request that everyone write good calligraphy. Calligraphy writing needs a harmony between your hands, your heart, your eyes and all your senses. It will help a lot to foster a healthy personality for young people."
Launching calligraphy classes not only opens a door for the younger generation to learn and appreciate China's traditional art, but also gets them prepared to keep a peaceful heart in a fast-paced modern