CHINESE INK PAINTING & CALLIGRAPHY

Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest art traditions still practiced today. Brushes made from natural animal hairs, such as goat, wolf, or rabbit, are dipped into hand-ground ink and then applied to rice paper (xuanzhi) or silk. One important form of ink painting is Chinese calligraphy. From the Shang Dynasty in 18th Century B.C. to the present day, various calligraphic styles have been developed.