Relax & Learn the Basics of Chinese Calligraphy

Jitka Hruzova, Graphic Designer & Entrepreneur

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11 Videos (51m)
    • Introduction: What is this class about?

      2:07
    • What do you need? Brush, ink, paper & ...

      10:11
    • How to hold Chinese calligraphy brush

      2:53
    • Where to place your hands?

      2:02
    • Character one

      4:46
    • Character two

      9:17
    • Visual history of Chinese calligraphy

      4:34
    • Character three

      4:05
    • Character four

      4:17
    • Character five

      5:02
    • Final word

      1:48

About This Class

Are you a calligrapher, graphic designer, artist? Or maybe interested in Chinese culture? You are in the right place! Whatever was you reason to even click on this class, I would like to welcome you and say BIG thank you. YOU WILL LOVE IT! This class is also for people who might be looking for a bit more sophisticated art (colouring books are still cool haha :) form to decrease their stress level.

What will you learn?

  • How to use correctly Chinese Calligraphy brush (it might sound obvious but it is very different than using a traditional brush) - how to hold the brush, where to place your hand on the desk, etc.

  • 5 Chinese characters and how to actually drawn them properly

  • What materials and tools are usually used in China 

  • Chinese Calligraphy is more then just art - it is a mental exercise - learn how to breath with the move of the brush, enjoy and RELAX

  • Visual history of Chinese calligraphy - I will be showing you tons of pictures of different kinds of calligraphy as it evolved into the present form we usually see. Please don't expect any dates or names of Chinesene Emperor's :], it is a very brief but very interesting visual overview!

Even though, you might not understand what you are drawing (unless you speak Chinese of course! haha), you will certainly learn something new. This class will not only help you to develop a new technique on how to use a brush, but you will also spice up and improve your current brushy-art techniques. :) 

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Jitka Hruzova

Graphic Designer & Entrepreneur

Jitka Hrůzová is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, English teacher, au-pair, yoga and meditation enthusiast. 

When I was 21, I left my homeland - Czech Republic to pursuit my dream - learn English. Yes, I could not say a word. I moved to England, worked as an aupair, at the same time I graduated in Graphic Arts from the Buckinghamshire New University. I managed to get an internship in a New York based super cool awesome studio Doyle Partners, where I learn a big chunk of my graphic design skills - conceptual and outside of the box thinking and tons of other stuff. OMG, I had such a great time! :] 

I kept on dreaming working for some top design studios in London - do you know Johnson Banks? They do DESIGN FOR GOOD, that became my own strap line as a designer. While working for a tiny boutique creative studio called The Narrative, I learnt how to tell the stories, the narratives, get it? :) The stories that designers tell through the products, campaigns, graphics and beautful art. 

I have to be honest - I burned out. Unless I do DESIGN FOR GOOD I am dying inside. My design, arty, creative soul is eaten by the commercialism. :( Who has the same experience?

I twisted my life again, I went outside on my comfort zone. I moved to China and started to teach English. I put my design shoes in a cupboard (it was actually a suitcase) for while. After a year, I am back in my design shoes. They are shinning as never before. My new Skillshare class about Chinese calligraphy is the evidence of that.

Right now, as well as a Skillshare teacher, I am an entreprenuer - I have started a business and community called Czech Your Friends. We are enthausiastic about TRAVEL, VEGAN, YOGA and MEDITATION. I am a creative director, strategist, social media manager, customer service person. 'cause we (I & my friends back in the Czech Republic) make shirts about travel, vegan, yoga and meditation. And there is a lot more products to come. Czech = check it out on our Instagram Czech Your Friends

Also, I am a freelance designer for a Canadian vegan, yoga clothing brand. (See my work on my social media and portfolio). 

Finally, I would like to mention that I am a volunteer. In summer 2017, I will be in Sri Lanka working with local children, teaching them English, being creative and yoga. You can support me and the children by donating here.

My travels are big part of my creative soul and inspiration. I wil be over the moon if you follow me either here on Skillshare or on my other social media.

Instagram: jitkahruzova and czechyourfriends