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Calligraphy & tea with an artist

Xuhui, China

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Experience hosted by Lucy

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our workshops are designed for anyone who would like to explore Chinese art and culture. Workshops are taught in English, and no previous background is necessary. In the first 1.5 hours, you will get a brief overview of the history of Chinese calligraphy, hear interesting stories behind great works of art, explore writing tools which have been used for a thousand years, and inscribe your own fan in the same way as the ancients. In the last half an hour, you will experience a tea ceremony and learn how to taste and pour your own tea like the Chinese!

You will learn in a small group setting. All materials and tea are included, and you can take your own artwork home.

You will discover a new world that is more than just art—it is the very spirit of life that Chinese people have lived by for thousands of years.
Other things to note
It is unlikely that you will get ink stains on your clothes. However, we recommend wearing something not too delicate just in case. Price includes all materials, tea and one final artwork.
Our workshops are designed for anyone who would like to explore Chinese art and culture. Workshops are taught in English, and no previous background is necessary. In the first 1.5 hours, you will get a brief overview of the history of Chinese calligraphy, hear interesting stories behind great works of art, explore writing tools which have been used for a thousand years, and inscribe your own fan in the same way as the ancients. In the last half a…

Lucy's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Tea and water
  • Equipment
    Tools and materials
From $44
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Lucy

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Born and raised in Shanghai, I grew up immersed in traditional culture through years of training in Chinese calligraphy and painting. I lived and worked in NYC for several years, studying with Mr. Yu Wenhui, the President of the Association of Chinese Calligraphy in America. In the U.S., I also gained a better understanding of how East meets West. In 2016, I returned to Shanghai and founded InkMoon Workshop in order to share Chinese culture with anyone, regardless of background or experience.
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Where you'll be

We are located in a beautiful Chinese tea house located on one of the leafy tree-lined boulevards of the former French Concession. We have a delicate walled garden and you will feel at peace the moment you arrive.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 36 reviews.

Valentina
January 2020
Great experience! A must try while in Shanghai! Lucy was very welcoming and the class was really interesting, we learned how to hold a brush and write the basics Chinese calligraphy and got to decorate our own fan.
Katie
January 2020
Great experience and a wonderful way to learn more about the chinese culture and history in Shanghai. Would recommend this to future groups
Anisa
November 2019
My friends and I had an extremely enjoyable time at the workshop. Lucy and her friend (who's name I didn't catch) both made us feel very welcomed. Lucy was attentive, had a gentle manner and was extremely supportive, even if we did lack confidence in our calligraphy ability! I would highly recommend this workshop to others.
My friends and I had an extremely enjoyable time at the workshop. Lucy and her friend (who's name I didn't catch) both made us feel very welcomed. Lucy was attentive, had a gentle…
Katherine
November 2019
the two hours there felt so short. in the blink of an eye, our time was already almost up. i like that we could pick any word we wanted to write. lucy was very patient with us also
Roshini
November 2019
It was very fun and enjoyable class. Lucy shared a lot of artwork and copies of prized calligraphy and the story behind them. Just a small peek into the vast Chinese art of calligraphy. Left with a beautiful fan with our calligraphy handwriting! Thank you for this beautiful experience. Had a nice tea ceremony and how to taste the same tea leaves 5 times with diff tastes. Interesting time! :)
It was very fun and enjoyable class. Lucy shared a lot of artwork and copies of prized calligraphy and the story behind them. Just a small peek into the vast Chinese art of calligr…
Jessica
November 2019
Thanks Luca. This was really a short but great introduction into Chinese Calligraphy and Tea session. I´m very happy to have decided to book you workshop. I recommend to everyone who is interested in Chinese Calligraphy introdution.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.