WMCI Community Classes

The William and Mary Confucius Institute is offering our first session of language and culture courses in 2019 from February 2nd to February 28th. During this session, the following courses will be offered: Chinese Martial Arts Workshop (description), Chinese Calligraphy, Taiji Fan Workshop, Chinese Level I.

Session II (March 11th - April 4th) will offer Chinese Level II (a continuation of Chinese Level I), Taiji Fan II, Chinese Painting, a Chinese Martial Arts Workshop & Chinese Cooking classes

We will also be offering some brand new Chinese musical instrument courses in Session II, including a Hulusi Workshop and a Chinese Flute Workshop!

 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). W&M faculty, staff, and students always receive a 50% discount (e.g. $40 for 8 classes). 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 & Mary. 

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

Chinese Martial Arts Workshop

Are you interested in learning self-defense?  Or perhaps you are looking for an engaging way to exercise? In this Chinese Martial Arts Workshop, you will be able to learn forms for both purposes—self-defense and fitness. In addition to learning the basics of Chinese Martial Arts, you will also gain an understanding of the culture behind it, including its special characteristics and functions.

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting, with its emphasis on the beauty of simplicity, smooth brush strokes and graceful designs, reflects time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture. Practicing Chinese painting is a great way to relax and creatively express yourself. During this course, students will learn basic knowledge about traditional Chinese painting and its differences from western works, appreciate different kinds of Chinese painting, and work on traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings. Our schedule will include lessons on painting orchids, bamboo, lotus flowers and forsythia, along with butterflies, dragonflies, swallows and pandas.

Taiji Fan

Taiji Fan is a fitness activity which is based on traditional Taiji; Taiji Fan combines the movements of martial arts with the body awareness of dance and the mindfulness of Taiji. In this workshop students will learn the basics of Taiji Fan and learn to improve their focus, balance and poise.

Chinese Cooking

Taught by local Chef Ed McMahon, the WMCI Chinese Cooking classes are an excellent way to experience more Chinese culture. The class will teach students how to prepare many varieties of authentic Chinese food. This class was previously taught by local Chef Peter Chang.

Beginner Chinese: I-IV

Open to students of all skill levels, this class covers the basic phonetics, 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.

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.

Hulusi Workshop

Originally played by ethnic-minority groups in Yunnan province, the hulusi, a gourd-shaped free reed wind instrument has gained nationwide popularity throughout China with its pure, mellow clarinet-like sound. In this class, students will be introduced to the instrument through basic notes and techniques, while enjoying beautiful folk songs and understanding Chinese musical culture through regular practice. Click here to listen to Volunteer Teacher Lu Yang play the hulusi on the Crim Dell Bridge.

Chinese Flute Workshop

Flutes have existed in China for almost 7,000 years. The first flutes discovered in China were made of animal bone. They have since evolved into bamboo instruments, and are still widely popular today. The Chinese Flute, or Di in Mandarin, is made of bamboo and is the most popular Chinese traditional wind instrument. It bears many similarities to the Western flute, but has a unique Chinese sound. In this class, students will be introduced to the instrument by learning basic notes and techniques, while being exposed to more complex classical pieces that will enhance their understanding of Chinese musical culture.

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