WMCI Community Classes

This spring, WMCI will offer the following courses: Chinese Level I and III, Chinese Painting I, Chinese Calligraphy, and Erhu I for Session I (February 5 to March 1); Chinese Level I, II, and IV, Chinese Painting II, Tea in Chinese Culture, and Erhu II for Session II (March 12 to April 5).  Additionally, Chinese cooking classes will be held on Thursdays from March 15th through April 5th. A Taiji course will be held over both sessions, beginning January 23rd and ending April 3trd (no class March 6th).

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 spring 2018, the Taiji class will meet 10 times throughout the semester, totaling $100; and the Cooking Class will have four classes, costing $40. 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 and Mary. 

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


Beginning Chinese

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.

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.

Tea In Chinese Culture

In China, there are many nuances surrounding tea, from customs regarding its consumption, to its long history.  This course will cover the history and culture surrounding tea in Chinese culture.  Students will learn how to properly prepare and drink tea, as well as proper tea-drinking etiquette.  During class, students will also have the opportunity to try various kinds of Chinese tea, such as green tea, red tea, black tea, Pu’er, oolong tea, and more! 

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting is a delicate art form that emphasizes the beauty of simple, flowing brush strokes and graceful designs.  It combines the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal engraving. The class will provide students with fundamental knowledge of Chinese painting and expose them to a variety of traditional painting techniques, thereby reflecting time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture.

Thirteen Postures Style Taiji

The Thirteen Postures form (also known as Wudang Thirteen) is an excellent first form to learn. It is short, is not strenuous, and can be done in a small space. It teach-es the eight intentions or energies and the five directions of taijiquan, gives a nice introduction to taijiquan princi-ples, and is a good start to learning other forms. This 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 class.

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 unique beauty of this art form 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.

Chinese Cooking

Learn to cook delicious Chinese cuisine! Dr. Ed McMahon will guide students of all ages and skill levels through four authentic dishes: Yu Xiang Beef, Honan Shrimp, Szechwan Eggplant, and General Tso’s Chicken. McMahon has earned a certificate from a Chinese Culinary school and has been cooking traditional Chinese cuisine for over 20 years.

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