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