Jun 16

Question about Chinese Calligraphy in Sydney?

I’m 17, new in Sydney, and have learned Chinese Calligraphy for past 10 yrs. I intend to find a part-time job as an assistant or teacher in a Chinese calligraphy course, does anyone know such classes, teachers, workshops or even university lessons? This is really important to me. Please provide as much details as possible.

Maybe your best bet (taking your age and experience into consideration) is to start a small informal class where young kids (maybe aged 6-10) who probably are of Chinese ancestry can learn the basics from you. There are a lot of Chinese parents living abroad that are concerned their kids are losing or not getting any exposure to the culture of their ancestry.

Once you’re a bit older, I bet you’d be able to expand these classes to adults (including non-Chinese who are interested in Chinese culture and calligraphy). I work with a Japanese calligrapher who does this quite successfully in Boston.

With age comes respect, and I see a stumbling block with trying to teach adults when you’re 17 years old. Take this from a guy who started his first business when he was 16. I had to fight for every bit of respect and to prove myself to everyone until I was into my mid-20s.

Another thing to consider is selling your calligraphy artwork. You’ll need to figure out how to get it framed or mounted as wall scrolls for a reasonable amount. You can sell the ready-to-hang artwork online or at a local art show.

Some calligraphers that I supply wall scrolls to (yes, I build wall scrolls, and sell Asian calligraphy for a living) will buy blank wall scrolls, then take requests and make custom calligraphy on the spot. This is very good for festivals or events in a public park. The wall scroll might cost you $30, but you sell it for $60 or more in that environment.

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  1. OrientalOutpost says:

    Maybe your best bet (taking your age and experience into consideration) is to start a small informal class where young kids (maybe aged 6-10) who probably are of Chinese ancestry can learn the basics from you. There are a lot of Chinese parents living abroad that are concerned their kids are losing or not getting any exposure to the culture of their ancestry.

    Once you’re a bit older, I bet you’d be able to expand these classes to adults (including non-Chinese who are interested in Chinese culture and calligraphy). I work with a Japanese calligrapher who does this quite successfully in Boston.

    With age comes respect, and I see a stumbling block with trying to teach adults when you’re 17 years old. Take this from a guy who started his first business when he was 16. I had to fight for every bit of respect and to prove myself to everyone until I was into my mid-20s.

    Another thing to consider is selling your calligraphy artwork. You’ll need to figure out how to get it framed or mounted as wall scrolls for a reasonable amount. You can sell the ready-to-hang artwork online or at a local art show.

    Some calligraphers that I supply wall scrolls to (yes, I build wall scrolls, and sell Asian calligraphy for a living) will buy blank wall scrolls, then take requests and make custom calligraphy on the spot. This is very good for festivals or events in a public park. The wall scroll might cost you $30, but you sell it for $60 or more in that environment.
    References :
    http://www.orientaloutpost.com/

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