01:574:110 The History of the Korean Script and Calligraphy I 

Hangul, the indigenous morphophonemic writing system that was invented by King Sejong and his scholars in the 15th century was adopted as nonofficial writing throughout the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) until it has emerged as contemporary forms in Modern Korea. The course will provide an overview of the history of Hangul writing practices as well as an introduction to the principles, techniques, and art of Korean calligraphy that are distinct from Chinese calligraphy. Practice is the most significant part of the course and will involve both brush writing and pen writing in a variety of styles (e.g. old Panbon style and Palace style for brush writing). In addition, students will learn brush stroke techniques, composition, and essential skills that includes "Sagunja (Four noble ones)" painting genre with plum blossoms, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, develop an understanding of the aesthetics of Korean calligraphy and Korean brush painting and its role in traditional Korean culture. No prior knowledge of the Korean language or calligraphy is required.

Grading: Attendance, practice, concentration 10%, Midterm (on theoretical part) 20%, Brush writing production of a sijo 20%, Korean painting production 20%, Final artworks in brush 30%

Course Materials: Korean writing brush (5 cm long and 0.8 mm brush tip), Asian rice paper, ink and container, Asian color pigments, Rug, water container, and paper towel