Pictures of Words: Painting and Drawing with Chinese Characters

Learn the unique origin of Chinese characters, appreciate artistic calligraphy styles, and come away with some Chinese words to enrich our own visual language. The workshop goal is to broaden the understanding of language and the relationship between image and meaning.

Participants explore the connection between word and image and appreciate Chinese calligraphy as an art form. Most Chinese characters originated as pictorial script that depicted things and acts, conveying meanings in its specific culture. This workshop integrates history, cultural summary and hands-on exercise to encourage each participant to create unique artwork that bridge image and words. No prior experience required.

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Pictures of Words: Painting and Drawing with Chinese Characters

  • Shiao-Ping Wang

    Shiao-Ping Wang

    Shiao-Ping Wang has held teaching positions at UNH, Chengdu University in China, Moravian College, PA, and Savannah College of Art, GA. She has an MFA degree in painting from Queens College, City University of New York.

    Using traditional and contemporary approaches, Wang integrates a painting language that binds intuition and knowledge. Her work has been exhibited in US, China, and France, and is in numerous collections. She has been the recipient of many awards and residencies in US, France, Spain, and Canada.

    Wang works at her studio in Rollinsford, NH, and is currently represented by Furchgott Soudiff Gallery in VT, George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME, and Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME.

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