WMCI Community Classes

During the summer of 2017, WMCI will offer the following courses: Chinese Level IWorld HeritageA Sample of ChinaGuzheng I and Erhu I for Session I; Chinese Level II, Chinese Calligraphy, Guzheng II, Erhu II, and Preparing to Travel in China for Session II; Chinese Level I for session III. A Taiji course will be held over both sessions, beginning May 23rd and ending August 1st (no class July 4th).

Please sign up today to secure your spot, as the classes are filling up quickly!

An Introduction to China's World Heritage Sites

China is an ancient civilization with a rich historical legacy and magnificent natural sceneries. In this class, the instructor will introduce cultural items, history, geography and natural beauty of each world heritage site using power-point presentations with exquisite photos. Research and protection of cultural and natural heritage sites undertaken by the Chinese government will also be discussed.

Beginning Chinese

Open to students of all skill levels, this class covers the basic phonetic, grammar, and writing systems of conversational Chinese. The lessons integrate Chinese Culture, including character etymology and relevant holidays, with each lesson. The class places most emphasis on listening and speaking.

Beginner Sun Style Taiji

The ancient Chinese martial art of Taiji (太极) combines breath work, balance practice, and intentional movement into one beautiful and calming method of meditation. Sun Style Taiji incorporates the best classical exercised, such as Qigong, Bagua, and Xingyi, into a unified Taiji practice that reduces physical pain, relieves mental stress, and improves sleep quality. The course is taught at beginner level and open to students of all skill types. Stan Rockwell, an experienced local martial arts master, develops and teaches the classes.

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy, the most revered of fine arts in China, is closely linked to Chinese culture, aesthetics, philosophy, and history. The class is designed to help students appreciate the artform's unique beauty and learn how to write traditional Chinese characters with a bamboo brush. Students will understand the way calligraphy is integral to various aspects of Chinese culture, improving the students' cultural proficiency and writing. The course's main emphasis is individuality and creativity while practicing the age-old techniques.

Erhu Workshop

Introduced during the Tang Dynasty, the Erhu ( 二胡) has played a central role in traditional Chinese music for over 2,000 years. This class is designed to teach students basic Erhu techniques and songs while exposing them to classic Erhu music.

Guzheng Workshop

The Guzheng (古筝) is a Chinese instrument that dates back to the Warring States period. It has played a central role in traditional Chinese music for over 2,000 years. The sound of the Guzheng is iconic and versatile, evoking imagery of a scenic countryside, a thundering storm, or a trickling waterfall. This class is designed to teach students basic Guzheng techniques and songs, while exposing them to classic Guzheng music. 

Preparing to Travel in China

This course is designed for those who dream of traveling to China or simply want to know more about Chinese culture. Topics will include places of interest in China, expressions to use while traveling, and Chinese dos and don’ts. Come join us to learn more about Chinese language and culture in a class focused on travel and practical use.

Sample of China

China has a rich history of art and culture spanning almost 5,000 years, including theater, painting, music, literature, and poetry. While we could spend decades before we reach mastery in any one art, this course will introduce the basics of and an appreciation for four of China’s art forms: calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese knotting, and musical instruments.


1) The cost for each course is $10/class, to be paid in full on the first day of class. In general, each session holds 8 classes per course ($80). In Fall 2015, the Taiji class will meet 10 times throughout the semester, totalling it's cost at $100, and the Cooking Class will last four classes, costing $40. W&M faculty, staff, and students always receive a 50% discount (e.g. $40 for 8 classes).

2) Payment is due on the first day of class and accepted by cash or check. Please make a check payable to: The College of William and Mary. 

Click here to see the classes we have offered in the past.