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Western Calligraphy Workshop For Students

On 8 March 2014, over 30 SIM University (UniSIM) students attended a 'Western Calligraphy for Beginners' workshop, held jointly by the Student Support department and the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS). The session was conducted by Vice Dean of SASS, Dr Ludwig Tan - an accomplished calligrapher who regularly conducts public workshops on the art of beautiful writing.

Dr Tan walked the students through the basics of writing, such as holding the pen and combining basic shapes to form letters, words and phrases. He also taught them about the application of decorative devices such as swashes and flourishes, to embellish individual words and calligraphic pieces.

By the end of the session, most participants were able to write their names in the newly-acquired calligraphy style. Many felt that the session was an eye-opener as the word 'calligraphy' is almost exclusively synonymous with Chinese calligraphy in Singapore.

Dr Lugwig Tan with the UniSIM students at the workshop.

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