Ruolan's Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting

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Ruolan’s Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting:

Ruolan’s Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting Art Supplement for Common Application Oct 2011

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This video is not only a portfolio my Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting works, but also a brief summary my 17 years’ learning experience and my personal understanding of this beautiful art. All Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting works displayed in this video are done by myself. I hope you will enjoy it. Introduction

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Chinese Calligraphy is an exquisite form of Oriental Art. It started from simple, uncomplicated scratches of pictographic characters, and evolved through thousands of years into a rich and elegant expression of Chinese culture.

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I fell in love with Chinese Calligraphy when I was 3 years old.

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Since then, it has become an irreplaceable part of my life .

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To me, it is not only a technique for writing Chinese characters, but also a way to convey my moral integrity, characters, emotions, and aesthetic feelings to the rest of the world.

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Each character has its own emotions and feelings and my joy is to discover and express them through my strokes.

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The poem Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye is by the famous poet Zhang Ruoxu in the Tang Dynasty. It depicts the charming beautiy of a moonlit n ight o n t he s pring river.

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I choose to write this poem in Kai S hu (the regular script) because I feel nothing other than the elegance and delicacy of this style could manifest the subtle and transient beauty expressed by the poet.

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This is an extract from the poem Nan Xiang Zi composed by Su Shi, one of the greatest poet in Song Dynasty.

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Su Shi is best known for his bold and unconstrained style of poetry writing. Therefore, I choose to write his poem in Xing S hu (the cursive script) to express the poet’s non-conforming character and unyielding aspiration for greatness in life.

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Yet, my favorite style is Wei Bei , a sub-category of Kai Shu . Wei Bei is also known as the art of inscription on steles because the works were mostly conserved in the form of stone tablets.

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Writing Wei Bei is a big challenge for most learners of calligraphy as it requires one to use the soft brushes to express the firmness and strength of stone carving.

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However, I enjoy writing Wei Bei because it demonstrates what I believe to be the essence of Chinese calligraphy, or even Chinese culture------ the combination of softness and hardness; flexibility and strength; grace and determination.

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Not satisfied by just following others’ footsteps, I also tried to incorporate what I have learned with my own imagination and created a style of writing unique to myself.

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In high school, to Challenge myself with new techniques and aesthetic experiences, I began to use my brushes to paint. Freehand Style: The Couple It is said that Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting are the twin stars of Chinese art born from the same origin.

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Both of them requires me to handle my brushes delicately with rigorous focus on details and particulars…. Court-style: A quite Afternoon Kai Shu (Regular Script)

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While most of the time, I could just follow my mind and let my brushes speak for themselves. Freehand Style: Fragrance of the Spring Xing Shu (Cursive Writing)

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Through the years, Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting have been more than just a hobby for me.

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It has opened the door that led me to a deeper understanding of the culture and history of my people and nation, and our unique way to express our feelings and emotions.

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Most importantly, my passion for Chinese calligraphy has propelled me beyond just achieving personal excellence….

Community Service:

Community Service Year 2009, celebrating Chinese New Year with children in Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Child Development Centres .

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Year 2009, Chinese New year Celebration in Nanyang Community Centre, Singapore Community Service

Community Service:

Community Service Year 2010, Fund Raising Sales of Calligraphy Works for Haiti Earthquake victims

Community Service:

Community Service Year 2011, Yilin Art Exhibition In Jurong West Community Centre, Singapore

Friendship and Teamwork:

Friendship and Teamwork In 2008, I joined River Valley High School (RVHS) Chinese Literature, Drama and Debating Society (CLDDS). Here, I met many like-minded friends who shared my interest and passion in Chinese culture and calligraphy.

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Friendship and Teamwork

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Friendship and Teamwork

Friendship and Teamwork:

In 2010, I was elected as the President of CLDDS. Friendship and Teamwork

Friendship and Teamwork:

In the same year, I led my society members in organizing the 1 st RVHS Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Scent of Ink Painting, in National Library of Singapore. Friendship and Teamwork

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Friendship and Teamwork This exhibition was the 1st student initiated public Chinese Calligraphy exhibition held in Singapore and was very well-received by the public.

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Friendship and Teamwork Mr. Koh Yong Kia, Principal of RVHS attended the opening ceremony of our exhibition. A s a token of appreciation, I presented one of my calligraphy works to him.

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Since I was a primary school student in China, people have always remembered me as the girl who wrote calligraphy.

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This title has followed me for more than a decade, travelling with me from China to Singapore and winning me countless awards and applauds from others.

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However, my most valuable rewards are not the trophies or prizes. Court-style: Life

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They are the qualities that I have developed over the past 17 years----- Court-style: Life

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Passion, Determination, & Innovation Court-style: Life

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In future, no matter where I go, no matter what subject I choose to study in University, I believe those qualities will always stay with me, grow in me and make me a better learner, innovator and team-player. The Last Words…

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The End Thank you!

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