Culture Class

To enrich students’ interests and deepen their understanding of Chinese language, history and its profound culture, SICC regularly organizes various culture classes, such as Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Traditional Handcrafts especially paper cutting, and Chinese Martial Arts including Taichi etc.

Chinese Calligraphy(中国书法):
Chinese calligraphy is a form of esthetically pleasing writing (calligraphy). In China, calligraphy is referred to as Shūfǎ (书法), literally: "the way/method/law of writing". Chinese calligraphy focuses not only on methods of writing but also on cultivating one's character and taught as a pursuit. 

Chinese Painting(中国画):
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guohua, meaning "national" or "native painting", as opposed to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century. 

Paper cutting(剪纸):
also called Jiǎnzhǐ, is a traditional style of paper-cutting in China and it originated from cutting patterns for rich Chinese embroideries and later developed into a folk art in itself. It has a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. Red is the most commonly used color. Chinese knotting is a decorative handcraft art that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty in China. The art is also referred to as "Chinese traditional decorative knots". Chinese knots are usually lanyard type arrangements where two cords enter from the top of the knot and two cords leave from the bottom. The knots are usually double-layered and symmetrical.

Taichi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tai-chi chuan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.