Experience 5- Learning Calligraphy

While working on this experience I worked on LO1, LO2, LO4 

For this experience, I learned calligraphy for about a month. I wanted to learn something different and something that could be useful to me. Learning calligraphy wasn’t only a nice experience but is helpful for me in different aspects as well. I can write on my desserts with food markers in a different font now. Learning calligraphy helped me increase my concentration and set my hands more stable. It also had some psychological positive effects on me as it helped me distress myself and concentrated at one place for a longer time duration.

L1-Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth

Throughout this experience, I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses. I realized that the letters that had straight lines were easier for me to write with curves like “c,s,u,o” They required more practice than rest because of their shape. Writing with a brush was harder than writing with a pen as the brushes bristles twisted themselves with the amount of pressure added to it with got ink blobs around the area which made it look messy and harder to practice, after practicing it for a long time now I can write is a far better way even with a brush   

L2-Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

I developed a new artistic skill that helps me concentrate and stabilize my work more efficiently. I pursue culinary arts as my future occupation and for that, the stability of hands and concentration are some most essential elements. At the start, it was very difficult for me to practice the same letters and patterns for days just to get stability and a controllable hand grip. But eventually, as the level got harder and harder the practice turned out to be helpful and made it a little more convincing to practice more.

L4-Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences

Even though the duration of this experience was not lengthy, it was one of the hardest to achieve. Earlier while practicing it used to be very boring and tiring to making lines and circles for the first few sessions. With all the school tasks the practice work used to be an extra burden and there were moments where I tried skipping work but at last, I had to complete all the tasks. After practicing the basics I started learning the alphabet and the numbers writing pattern. After learning these things I practiced it without a grid and different sized pen nibs. Earlier while practicing it was easier to write as mistakes were replaceable but with brushes and pens I had to be extra careful to avoid mistakes. There were moments where after writing the whole quote I used to spill some ink by mistake from the ink pot while using the brushes and it was demotivating at points as my hard work and patients were all washed down by the ink splashes but it also encouraged me to be more careful while creating other workpieces.

The whole experience helped me build my concentration and I learned a new art form that makes the simplest things most beautiful ones. I reflected on mistakes I made during the practice sessions while working on the final works and made sure I didn’t let a few unperfect letters ruin the whole look of the artwork. I also learned how to balance my mental and physical state while working in this experience.


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