Seal cutting is an art regarded as the living fossil of ancient Chinese characters. Recently, a seal cutting base was established at East China Normal University (ECNU) for students to study seal cutting and appreciate the charm of Chinese traditional culture.
On December 12, the inauguration ceremony of the Inheritance Base of Chinese Excellent Traditional Culture (Seal Cutting) and Daxia Seal Society was held at the ECNU Museum. Also launched there was the exhibition of the aesthetic education achievements made by ECNU calligraphy and seal cutting graduate students.
The inauguration ceremony of the Inheritance Base of Chinese Excellent Traditional Culture (Seal Cutting) and Daxia Seal Society was held at the ECNU Museum.
ECNU has had a good tradition of seal cutting education. In 2014, it established the Chinese Calligraphy Research Center in close cooperation with the Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles, which has so far cultivated 112 graduate students majoring in calligraphy and seal cutting. Many students have stood out in national and provincial competitions. The professional group of calligraphy and seal cutting of ECNU has gradually attracted public attention, known as the “Calligraphy Corps” in the industry.
After its establishment, the inheritance base will offer selective courses and compile textbooks of seal cutting for undergraduates to further popularize the seal cutting culture. In addition, workshops will be set up on Minhang and Zhongbei campuses. They will not only provide a platform for professional teachers and students to pass on seal cutting skills, display their works and introduce the beauty of seal cutting, but also provide materials, tools and books related to seal cutting, so that all seal cutting enthusiasts in university can visit and experience seal cutting in person.
Two professional student societies, Daxia Seal Society, which consists of professional seal cutting graduate students, and Guanghua Seal Society, which is an inclusive society, will be established. Every year, the base will hold exhibitions and themed activities and publish collections of seals works from the two societies.
Some works created by ECNU gradute students majoring in calligraphy and seal cutting
In addition, the base will continue to cooperate with Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Shanghai Calligraphers Association and Shanghai primary and secondary schools in organizing seal cutting activities in primary and secondary schools and popularizing seal cutting culture.
Source: College of Fine Arts
Author: Dai Qi
Photos by Li Zhendong
Copy Editor: Philip Nash
Editor: Yuan Yiwei