Chinese Calligraphy (In-Person)

Fall 2023 Registration is Now Open! Classes start on September 25, 2023!

Calligraphy is the art of writing Chinese characters. Students are taught how to use the brush and given an artistic and etymological introduction to China’s system of writing, which is an important key to understanding and appreciating Chinese art, history, and culture. Students learn and practice basic brush strokes and characters in a meditative, relaxed atmosphere. Classes often begin with a demonstration, followed by time for individual attention, allowing students to learn at their own pace. Knowledge of Chinese or brush technique is not necessary. Materials are supplied for the first class only.

Class Schedule:
Friday, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
September 29 – December 8 (No Class November 24)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$360 members / $400 non-members
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)
Maximum Number of Students: 7


  • Visitors to China Institute, including instructors and students, must provide proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine.
  • Masks must also be worn at all times.


Class Full
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Instructor: Jim Zhang
1:30 -3:30 PM
Instructor: Jim Zhang


China Institute’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration
Jim Zhang

Jim Zhang started practicing Chinese calligraphy at 8 years of age. At the age of 13, two pieces of his calligraphy work were selected for an exhibition in his hometown Tianjin, China. Mr. Zhang has been teaching calligraphy at China Institute for over 30 years. His calligraphy pieces have been used for various books and magazines and Mr. Zhang was also included in THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CALLIGRAPHY (2011) and 100 NEW YORK CALLIGRAPHERS (2015).

Mr. Zhang earned a B.A. in cinema & photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University.

Jim Zhang is also a film critic and a photographer, currently teaching two courses (Chinese film and Chinese drama) at Queens College.

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