ILS 8th and 9th graders studying the Japanese language participated in a master class on calligraphy at the VGUES Museum and Exhibition Complex.
“Instructors from the Zuiun Calligraphy Society of Tokyo came to visit us,” explains complex director Nadezhda Sukhareva. “We invited ILS students to see how true calligraphy masters work and try their hand at this form of art.”
During the class, our students worked diligently under the guidance of the masters from Japan.
“The students chose hieroglyphs with profound meanings: some of them chose ‘dream,’ some ‘never give up,’ and others ‘esteem,’ notes ILS Japanese language teacher Kristina Nazhimova. “I hope that participating in the master class inspired our pupils to expand their knowledge of Japan and its culture and to treat this country’s traditions with respect.”
The master class was part of the current Year of Japan in Russia project, with support from the Japanese Consulate General in Vladivostok.
“Master classes like this are an excellent way to learn more about a country whose language our students are learning,” says ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “It is also a good opportunity to try themselves in the fine art of calligraphy.”
Note: The Zuiun Calligraphy Society has over 1,000 members working together to train the next generation of calligraphers. In support of the effort develop and spread the art of calligraphy, the society every year holds two main events: "The Annual Zuiun Exhibition" in January and the "Zuiun Amateur Exhibition" in June.