Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – October 20, 2011 – The TSMC Education and Culture Foundation today held the “Taipei Painting and Calligraphy Tour”, inviting noted Chinese painter and seal-carving artist Ms. Lin Shu-nu to guide students and teachers of Taipei Chenggong High School through the decades-old galleries and art supply shops of Heping East Road in Taipei
Ms. Lin’s explanations and lively interactions with shopkeepers gave young students a rare insight into the cultural life of the city by sharing anecdotes about famous painters and literary figures, as well as teaching them how the “four treasures of the study” – brush, ink, paper, and inkstone – are made.
“A stroll through these famous old shops is a fun way for young people to learn about calligraphy and experience the joy of traditional arts. Through these experienced shop owners, students not only learn what to look for when choosing their own ‘four treasures of the study’, but also get a chance to hear the stories behind famous artists and artworks,” said TSMC Education and Culture Foundation Chairman Dr. F.C. Tseng. “What’s more, they will have the rare opportunity of seeing the shopkeepers’ private collections and experiencing another side of traditional Chinese art.”
Building on the recent opening of the Fourth Annual TSMC Youth Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Competition, The TSMC Education and Culture Foundation will continue to support calligraphy education in secondary schools. In addition to encouraging students to study calligraphy through generous scholarships, the Foundation also holds diverse activities to develop the public’s and the younger generations’ appreciation for Chinese characters and seal-carving.
Following the “Taipei Painting and Calligraphy Tour”, three “Campus Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Workshops” will be held at high schools in north, central and southern Taiwan. “Working with secondary schools around Taiwan, we hope to bring the creativity and vibrancy of young people to the art of calligraphy,” said Dr. Tseng.
The Fourth Annual TSMC Youth Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Competition offers the largest prize in Taiwan for calligraphy competitions. Registration ends on December 15, 2011. For further details, see www.tsmc-calligraphy.org.