I’m 17, new in Sydney, and have learned Chinese calligraphy for past 10 yrs. I intend to find a part-time job as an assistant or teacher in a Chinese calligraphy course, does anyone know such classes, teachers, workshops or even university lessons? This is really important to me. Please provide as much details as possible.
Maybe your best bet (taking your age and experience into consideration) is to start a small informal class where young kids (maybe aged 6-10) who probably are of Chinese ancestry can learn the basics from you. There are a lot of Chinese parents living abroad that are concerned their kids are losing or not getting any exposure to the culture of their ancestry.
Once you’re a bit older, I bet you’d be able to expand these classes to adults (including non-Chinese who are interested in Chinese culture and calligraphy). I work with a Japanese calligrapher who does this quite successfully in Boston.
With age comes respect, and I see a stumbling block with trying to teach adults when you’re 17 years old. Take this from a guy who started his first business when he was 16. I had to fight for every bit of respect and to prove myself to everyone until I was into my mid-20s.
Another thing to consider is selling your calligraphy artwork. You’ll need to figure out how to get it framed or mounted as wall scrolls for a reasonable amount. You can sell the ready-to-hang artwork online or at a local art show.
Some calligraphers that I supply wall scrolls to (yes, I build wall scrolls, and sell Asian calligraphy for a living) will buy blank wall scrolls, then take requests and make custom calligraphy on the spot. This is very good for festivals or events in a public park. The wall scroll might cost you $30, but you sell it for $60 or more in that environment.
Hello, I am a practioner of Karate (Ashihara) and Krav Maga. I have a theoritical curiosity, hence I ask this question. Could any of you please tell me the pro’s and con’s of shoulder strikes? How they are exactly employed and if they are effective? In the two styles that I practice they are almost not there (shoulder’s strength is employed in punches and other strikes but shoulder itself is rarely used). I have seen some direct shoulder strikes in demonstrations of the Chinese Art of Bajiquan and they looked quite different from whatever use of shoulders I had seen before. So, I request you to kindly shed some light on the topic and tell me if the art you practice has direct shoulder strikes or not and how do they work.
The shoulder strike you are talking about are not just in Baji but in many other Chinese martial arts styles, Taiji too. They are used close in or against a person charging in and they work beautifully. They do take timing though if you want to send a charging opponent flying. If you are just close in and don’t have your opponents momentum to help you shoulder strikes still work to upset your opponents balance and then follow up with something else like a throw, take down.
Karate has them too (Pinan Shodan) but are taught only at the advanced ranks and then often it is just done the way you turn into an opponent. They go along with the grappling techniques in Karate which also are taught in the advanced ranks.
Another fun technique I really like that is similar in timing and execution to the shoulder strike is using the hips. For a guy getting struck with the hips brings a whole new reaction for you if you get it right.
I saw this folk artist producing sugar paintings with liquid sugar along the streets in Tian Jing. I was able to video tape the beginning to end of this specific painting. The painter uses the brown sugar as the raw material, the bronze spoon and a shovel as the tool, and the slab of marble as the “paper”. Sugar painting originated from the Ming Dynasty when sugar animals and figures were made in molds as part of a sacrifice in religious rituals. In the Qing Dynasty, sugar painting gained more popularity. This particular artist was creating paintings with the 12 zodiac animals.
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CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS FOR SELF DEFENSE ! ARTES MARCIALES CHINAS PARA DEFENSA PERSONAL !
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I have a jade plant that is quite small right now. I started out with about four stems and there are now two. I only water when the soil is dry (about once to twice a month with little water) and yet the first two stems succumbed to root rot. I believe it is root rot because the stem got squishy and brown. Anyways, I’m wondering, is there anyway to encourage the growth of new stems? Or are the stems that died due to root rot gone forever? Will the plant just be the two remaining stems forever?
Wondering if it is better to start over with a new jade since this was my first, or if this jade is able to come back strong. *I’d like to add that I’m new to houseplants, and that my haworthia (also a succulent) and african violet are going strong. I used regular potting soil for all of my plants, and now I’m wondering if part of the problem with my jade is that I should have used a rockier mixture which succelents favor?)
Succulents need proper drainage, a good clay pot for evaporation (with a drain hole), and the right soil succulent/citrus mix (marked on the bag) plus enough sunlight. I always also suggest using a moisture meter. Don’t guess.
If the stems are soft, it’s dead. If the cause was root rot it’s dead. Regular soil is not appropriate for all plants. Next time you’re at the store check on all the different mixtures.
Jade plant care.
Succulent plant care.
African violet plant care.
My aloe has been having babies for years and I ran out of friends and family to give them away to. Every time I prune my jade, I start new plants. Some of my garden flowers bunch and need dividing. Because of all that, I have 25-40 plants I could sale right before Mother’s Day. Does anyone know how to price yard sale plants? Is it based on size of container, type of plant or what? My original jade was on sale at my grocery store for $2, but the soil and containers I’ve needed to make new jades cost more than that, and I’d like to make a profit for all the years I’ve been raising these plants.
Anyway, I’ve done yard sales before, but never plant sales, so any advice is appreciated.
I’m aware they won’t pay more. I don’t know how much plants cost now to judge how much mine are worth. I keep buying them in only when they’re marked down greatly, because it’s almost dead or out of season. And, it’s been years since I bought them.
Also, the pots are new terra cotta, and good sizes, because the plants are all good sized. All that was kind of the point of my question. If I knew how much to charge, I wouldn’t ask how much to charge.
As for 50 cents? Yeah, right. If I was selling dead plants in crappy pots.
It depends on how big the plants and pots are and what they go for in your area. Where I live, a jade plant in a 6" pot goes for $15-20 depending on the pot. Of course you won’t be able to sell them for as much as they would cost in stores though. I would figure out the cost of the pots and soil and multiply by 2-2.5. So if the pot cost you $3 and the soil cost you $1, you should sell the plant for $8-10 each (which would be a reasonable cost for a 6" plant).
Hi I’m Ben Hedges and welcome to Discovering China. The show that brings you the boundless beauty of Chinese civilization. Coming up this week…
We visit iGavel auctions in New York to take a look at an up-coming sale of Chinese art.
Hear the story of the Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Festival
And check out a fashion show of traditional Chinese clothing, put on by miniature models.
Chinese art work is highly acclaimed and attracts international buyers at auction houses across the world. I took a trip to iGavel Auctions in New York city to talk to president Lark Mason about an upcoming sale of Chinese Art.
The Qingming festival marks the beginning of April and is a time when Chinese people traditionally sweep the tombs and pay respects to their ancestors. But how did this tradition start?
Now we go to Taiwan to find out more about the cuisine of the Qingming festival.
Since 2008 NTD Television has been promoting traditional Chinese Han Couture through its global competition series. On April 4th, Children’s Day was celebrated in Taiwan and Hong Kong. On Children’s Day NTD held a competition for kids to take to the catwalk wearing traditional Chinese Han Couture. Here’s more from New Taipei City.
That’s all for this week, but you can catch all our China news and more on out website ntd.tv or out YouTube channel, youtube dot com forward slash ntd on China.
See you next Friday.
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