2018 -2017 - Sign - Traces - Writings by Chen Li, Italy, Milano, Fondazione Prada

Chen Li at Fondazione Prada

by Chen Li, artist and calligrapher born in China.  

“[…] But it is not a relaxed serenity that the calligrapher has to achieve; Rather a serenity full of energy. It is the complete union of physical and mental energy.”  
From “The fourth treasures” by Todd Shimoda


FROM SIGN TO WRITING   Chen Li taught calligraphy from 1996 until 2010 at the association "Dal segno alla scrittura" founded by Piero De Macchi in 1994. She has also taught as a freelancer in schools - public and private - primary, secondary and high schools. In 2003 she also taught at the IED (university of graphic design and fashion) in Turin, Italy, invited by Piero De Macchi in his lessons about font design. Chen Li has also taught in workshops she designed for museums and contemporary art contexts where calligraphy was part of the artistic research, looking for new, original paths suitable for children and not connected solely to the repetition of models of the past. Since 2001 she has also taught in primary schools where she has developed a learning path of writing linked to the sign with a method tailored on children and teachers. In 2016 she was invited by the Children's Academy (Accademia dei Bambini) of the Prada Foundation in Milan, Italy, to create a serie of workshops on sign and writing. Here are the videos of the experience of two years: 2017 and 2018.
You may contact Chen Li for calligraphic workshops for primary school children, graphic design schools and fine arts schools. 
Chen Li learned calligraphy working together with many calligraphy masters from all over the world. 
She attended Polytechnic University of Turin (printing and printing techniques), graduated in 1998. 
She started teaching calligraphy since 1995 in calligraphic association Dal segno alla scrittura in Turin, Italy. 
She worked as a teacher at IED Turin and at International school of graphic in Venice. 
Recently she devoted herself to teaching of calligraphy to primary school children. 
Chen Li continue to teach contemporary calligraphy to adults once per year. 

Rediscovering Uncial

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

WHEN: 2016 April 2-3 WHERE: TURIN, CORTILE DEL MAGLIO, VIA ANDREIS 18 INT. 18/E INFO: Uncial is an interesting simple style for beginners. Dated 3rd-8th century A.D. its rounded form can be very ancient and satisfying, but if you are curious, you can try the new ways to make it contemporary using unusual tools.

Italic, 2017 January 21-22

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

workshop for beginners, it's about the Round letters of Italic cultural heritage. We will learn the main historical forms for teaching it to students of primary schools. Torino

Pointed brush, 2017 February

corso con il pennello

for illustrators and graphic designers, who knows how to use pointed brushes. Custom actual fresh lettering Scuola internazionale di Comix, Torino

Alfabetonatura 2010-2011

Workshop calligraphy and ceramic by Chen Li and Maria Teresa Frizzarin

calligraphy and ceramic, Torino - by Chen Li and Maria Teresa Frizzarin - Lugano

Pointed brush, Lugano (CH) 2013

brush workshop by Chen Li

Lugano - I was asked to teach expressive calligraphy at the group of calligraphers based in Lugano. 

Calligraphy and sign at Museo Mazzetti - Asti

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

sign and writing for primary school students in Asti, Italy

Alfabetonatura 2012 - Torino

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

calligraphy and ceramic, Torino - by Chen Li and Maria Teresa Frizzarin - Torino

Alfabetonatura 2015 - Torino

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

calligraphy and ceramic, Torino - by Chen Li and Maria Teresa Frizzarin - Torino

2016 - Venice

calligraphic workshop by Chen Li

History and evolution of scripts, calligraphy, lettering and the main calligraphic scripts. - Let's write using historical scripts and modern tools. - My work with calligraphy. - Calligraphy+image: project of a book of art or a travel book. - Introduction to logo design. 
ARTIsm3160 in San Marco 3160.

Readable or not readable? 2008 

corso leggibile o non leggibile

workshop for advanced on the importance of readability of a text in calligraphic works, Turin Italy, 2008

Rustica and Quadrata 2005

laboratorio sulla scrittura rustica, calligrafia

Book of artist

laboratorio sul libro oggetto calligrafico

La danza del pennello

laboratorio con il pennello a Venezia, Scuola internazionale di Grafica

Venice 2012

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