Archive for December, 2011

Dec 30

Chinese Painting Class 1

chinese painting Chinese Painting class with Dr. Ning Yeh at Coastline Community College in Costa Mesa, Southern California. Dr. Yeh has an Emmy Award TV program on KOCE. His weekly classes are open for enrollment this fall. Call OAS 1 800 969 4471 or visit for more information

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Dec 30

Kenzo Tange Lecture: Wang Shu, “Geometry and Narrative of Natural Form”

chinese crafts Lecture by Wang Shu, Principal of Amateur Architecture Studio and Head of the Architecture School, China Academy of Art.

“Amateur Architecture Studio was founded in 1998 by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu in Hangzhou, China. Their approach is based around a critique of the architectural profession which they view as complicit in the demolition of entire urban areas and the transformation of rural areas through excessive building. The practice first came to wider attention in Europe with their pavilion for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006; a comment on the on-going demolitions, their installation ‘Tiled Garden’ was made from 66,000 recycled tiles salvaged from demolition sites.

“Rather than looking towards the West for inspiration, as many of their contemporaries do, the practice’s work is embedded in the history and traditions of Chinese culture. In particular they reference everyday building tactics of ordinary people and the strong vernacular tradition of building in China. The name of their practice signals this commitment to learning from the ‘amateur builder’, focusing on craft skills and applying this to contemporary architecture. Wang Shu spent a number of years working on building sites with traditional craftsmen in order to learn from them. Combining this traditional knowledge with experimental building techniques and intensive research Amateur Architecture Studio respond to the ongoing challenges of the rapidly urbanising context of China. They do so with a site-specific architecture that valorises crafts and skill over professional knowledge and expertise.” This text and more can be found here.

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Dec 30

Prof Chen Victoria’s Mother Writing Chinese Calligraphy Li Po’s Poem

chinese calligraphy Prof Chen, victoria’s Mother, writing Li Po’s Poem “Down to Kiang-ling” in grass style or running script.

Medium: Antique colored Xuan rice paper, bamboo brush with combination of stiff and soft hair, Japanese sumi Ink, inkstone and tung-oil inkstick, wool felt pad and metal paperweight.

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Dec 30

Oriental Art

chinese art Fluid art, oriental theme, wonderful music, sit and relax

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Dec 30

where can i get a professional appraisal for a chinese painting in US?

If you are looking to sell be cautious and try to get the best price.
You can get appraisals or information on line if you can’t go in person.
Once you get a photo of your painting go to and upload a picture for free at site or at
Then post it at any of the following sites for the Appraisal and information/help.
For Fine Art; like paintings and sculptures;
Then post it at any of the following sites for the Appraisal.…… One of The Best for items of huge value. As this one is…….. and this……. for sure for free – not sure that this site is the best for your piece.
Frank Farmer Loomis is now online with a blog exploring the antiques universe, with tips, appraisals and more. Go to antiques. If you have column questions, write to him at Middletown Journal, Attn: Frank Loomis IV, 52 S. Broad St., Middletown, Ohio, 45044 or e-mail MWallace@
Gather referrals from friends and appraising associations.
Write to appraising associations and request their membership directories. Listed below are two of the largest appraising associations in the United States:
P.O. Box 17265
Washington, DC 20041
(800) 272-8258
386 Park Ave South – 20th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 889-5404
Fax: (212) 889-5503
Web Site:
1131 SW 7th St #105
Renton, WA 98055
Toll Free: (888) 472-4732
Fax: (206) 241-0436
Web Site:
SPECIAL NOTE: The American Society of Appraisers estimates that only 25 percent of the 120,000 appraisers in the United States belongs to one of the major evaluation societies. Such societies establish codes of ethics by which their members are required to adhere. In addition to a code of ethics, the appraisers are tested for their expertise.
Refer to the Yellow Pages in the Telephone Book under "Appraisers" of "Antique Dealers."
Review their credentials
Verify their membership to an appraising association
Request references
Determine appraisal fees
Request a written contract which outlines the following items:
The scope of work
The delivery date of the appraisal
The appraisal fee
The objective nature of appraisal findings
A statement that the appraiser cannot act as an advocate or negotiator in disputes over appraised goods.

If you have the time, you could also go to your local library and select a few different books. There are several available and you’ll be able to compare information and prices.
Go to the book store in the antiques section. you can easily do this on line as well.
Hope this helps,


Dec 30

How can I tell if my folding fan is Japanese or Chinese? Is it authentic?

I recently purchased a folding fan, still in box, from a thrift store. The box itself has a sticker on the front and one on the side, but the characters are of an Oriental language. So, I can’t read them. Once fully opened, the scene on the fan itself is of 2 koi-fish, or carp(I’m not sure which), and there is also what appears to be some kind of trademark stamped on it, with some characters written out next to it. The scene is beautifully done, whether printed on or painted. There are 19 ribs, including the wider ribs on either end, that look to be bamboo, and they are painted or varnished in a lovely dark color. I can’t tell whether or not this is an authentic hand-crafted piece, or if it is just your run-of-the-mill mass-produced tourist souvenier. I’d love to know, whether or not it’s authentic, and perhaps if it is, whether or not it’s an antique. Thanks so much! :)

It might be worth taking it to a local Chinese or Japanese restaurant to see if the people there can read the characters. Knowing which language if it is and IF they are real characters should point you in a direction.
Go the biggest library available and check to see if you can find photos of fans like yours. (Make photocopies and any that seem similar and note the book and author.)
If there is a museum with an Asian department in your town, or a nearby city, you can ask if a curator would be willing to look at photos or the actual fan to give you some feedback. (You can mention your other research.)
They may not be willing, (or may be prevented by museum policy,) but if that’s the case, they should be willing to point you in the direction of someone who is knowledgeable about Asian fans.


Dec 30

Can you name the six scripts used for Chinese Calligraphy?

I do know the answer for this but I thought this might be a challenging question to give people a chance to earn points.

Please give the names in both Chinese pinyin and English translation.
SCRIPTS not categories!
The SIX Major Calligraphy scripts
not types and semantic categories of characters!
and the first answerer used Wades-Giles instead of PINYIN!

However did they get to be a top contributor?

Future posters please read the question more carefully!
What no more answers ?

People this question is challenging but its not impossible!

I gave you words in the question that could be used as search parameters!

Scripts Chinese Characters Calligraphy
Asian Japanese Korean

Try combining these words?

Chinese characters can be divided into six basic categories:(1)hsiang hsing, i.e. direct pictorial representation; (2)chih shih, symbolic renderings of abstract ideas; (3)hui yi, a combination of concrete pictorial elements with symbolic renderings of abstract ideas; (4)hsing sheng, a combination of phonetic and pictorial elements; (5)chia chieh, a character borrowed purely for its phonetic value to represent an unrelated homophone or near-homophone; and (6)chuan chu, a character which has taken on a new meaning, and an alternate or modified written form has been assigned to the original meaning. These methods of composition of Chinese characters are referred to as the Liu Shu, or "Six Writing Methods."


Dec 30

I want to learn some sort of Japanese or Chinese fighting style/martial art?

What I need are some forms of Chinese martial arts because if I do a Japanese fighting style it would be aikido. What I’d like is something with more palm techniques and something that doesn’t rely on brute force like Ba Ji Quan.

It sounds like you have a tendency towards the internal martial arts and therefore would suggest Tai Chi as a chinese internal martial art. There are many different styles of Tai Chi that are also very martial. Finding a teacher who teaches Tai Chi as a martial art may be a bit challenging but not impossible. Tai Chi does not rely on brute strength at all. It’s techniques are based on pushing, yielding and redirecting momentum to throw your opponent off balance. It also has striking techniques generating power through relaxation. I find it fascinating how much strength one can have just by relaxing into a technique.

BTW Qigong is not a fighting style. It is literally translated as breath work and simply put is breathing excercise incorporating the diaphragm when breathing. It is believed that this kind of breathing promotes good health. While some people incorporate it in their martial arts training it is by itself not a martial art and it is not a part of Tai Chi.


Dec 27

Where can I find the free Chinese painting tutorial online?

YouTube is a good source to find the tutorials on traditional Chinese Painting However, most of the YouTube videos on Chinese painting are either in native language or has no audible instructions. That is why I started to share my 35 years experience in Chinese with people who are interested in learning traditional Chinese painting. I have been giving one lesson at least per week since Jan, 2010.

It’s free. Enjoy!



Dec 27

How do you make a Chinese "pineapple-looking" lantern?

All about craft!! Please… I am not asking for the simple lantern. I am asking for the "fruit-looking" lantern. Thank you very much!
Please… not the simple lantern. The fruit-looking paper lantern… Thank you very much!!! this site has tons of intricate lantern patterns! including a pineapple one!!!