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Heart of the Brush: An Online East Asian Calligraphy Workshop

SKU# 9781611803839


Online Course

Shambhala Publications | 10/17/2016
ISBN: 9781611803839


Kazuaki Tanahashi is a renowned calligraphic artist and teacher who works with hundreds of students throughout the world each year. In this online workshop, you can study with him up close, as he guides you in exploring the wondrous world of brush calligraphy.

In each of the eight workshop sessions, Kaz will guide you in making a close study of an ancient Chinese masterpiece. He will demonstrate the character himself and then comment on the work of several of his calligraphy friends to help you deepen your understanding. He ends each session with homework designed to help you cultivate your own calligraphy practice.

You don’t need to have any previous experience of calligraphy or know any East Asian language to take this course. It takes years of practice to be a good calligrapher, but in this workshop and through Kaz’s unique style of teaching, you will experience both a beginning and, at the same time, an advanced study of East Asian calligraphy.

In this course, you will:

    • Examine samples from ancient Chinese masterpieces and study them closely by faithfully copying the characters
    • Become familiar with the techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy of traditional brushwork
    • Enjoy drawing lines and creating beautiful pieces 
    • Learn to interpret the original artwork and create your own expressive work
    • Gain experience through the homework exercises and be ready to explore other characters in Kazuaki Tanahashi’s book Heart of the Brush


This course includes:


Eight downloadable video lessons (15–35 minutes in length) with instruction from Kaz Tanahashi along with audio files and transcripts for all lessons


Guided reading assignments for each lesson and a 50% discount off the paperback version of Heart of the Brush by Kazuaki Tanahashi


Homework exercises to help you practice and integrate the lessons from Kaz


Unlimited access to all course materials



Kazuaki Tanahashi is a renowned calligraphic artist and teacher whose work has been executed and exhibited throughout the world. A peace teacher and environmentalist, he is also the editor of several volumes of the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen, including the definitive translation of the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. His other books include Brush Mind; Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan; and The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism.


Important Note on Browser Requirements

We are partnering with’s online learning platform Canvas to offer this course. Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release.

Canvas supports the following versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
  • Chrome 56 and 57
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh only)
  • Firefox 51 and 52 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 23 and 24 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plugin. If you cannot update your browser to one of the above versions, you will not be able to access this course. Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but still see the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies.

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