History of Calligraphy

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 12194

As you input words into your computer, you don't write them on your screen! You just type them in. So, everyone's stuff looks pretty much alike, but not so pretty! Try the fancy art of calligraphy!

categories

Visual Arts, World

subject
History
learning style
Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Do you think they should teach the art of handwriting in schools in these days of keyboards? Why or why not? Making letters can be a real art form!

People’s handwriting has become so sloppy these days!

You can hardly blame them, though. There are fewer and fewer opportunities to practice using your hand and a pen to write on a piece of paper. Most writing tasks are taken care of using a computer keyboard, so the centuries-old art of handwriting seems to be in sad decline.

There are, however, some very dedicated artists who are making sure that the fine art of handwriting, known as calligraphy, is preserved and passed on to a new generation. Learn a bit more about the history of letters and how they became a form of art.

As you watch the following video, look for answers to the following questions:

  • What languages does the man explore?
  • Where were or are those languages used?
  • How were the different forms of writing used?

Now, watch the video, Young explorers: a brief history of writing, from The British Museum:

 

Share the ideas and information you find with your parent or teacher. Then, discuss the following questions together:

  • Which of the forms of writing did you think was the coolest? Why?
  • What kinds of skills do you think you need to be able to produce some of the forms of writing you saw?
  • Do you think people should care more about calligraphy? Why or why not?

Maybe these arts like calligraphy will simply die away because everyone is using technology to write. It could be, however, that the opposite will happen as more and more people realize how beautiful and special this form of art really is!

In the Got It? section, examine calligraphy in different cultures and see how they are the same and different.

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