Cultural Courses | 文化课程

The Confucius Institute offers 12-week cultural courses - Tai Chi, Chinese painting, Chinese Zither (Gu-Zheng) and calligraphy, for all.


All courses are offered twice a year, following the University Semester Dates.

Tai Chi Course - Begins 8 February 2024

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About the art of Tai Chi:

The original system of Tai Chi was developed as an internal form of martial arts. However, as the need for self defence lessened and the health benefits of Tai chi have become apparent, most people now practise it solely for health reasons. Tai Chi is gentle, graceful and often described as ‘meditation in motion’, but when used as a martial art it is deceptively powerful. Age is no barrier and it can be practised by everyone.

There are many health benefits to the practice of Tai Chi. These include relief from various conditions and general physical benefits such as joint mobility, improved posture, ligament and muscle strength, improved balance and the aiding of concentration. Ongoing research is adding to our knowledge about the benefits of Tai Chi.

About our teacher:

Deborah McCall has 15 years of experience learning and teaching Tai Chi and has trained with masters of the art. Her classes include warm up exercises, Qigong  training in the hand forms (a very old training system which helps to generate a flow of Qi and circulate this within the body), and one of the 5 animal Qigongs with posture correction.

Price: £110 general public - £90 university staff

Time: 1 hour 30 min/session, timetabling on Thursdays 19:00 - 20:30,

Location: Diamond Building, Diamond Building, DIA - Workroom 2 - G05

Please email, or call 07593502130 with any inquiries 

Registration through the University Online Shop

Register for Tai Chi course

Chinese Painting Course - Begins 21 February 2024

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Embark on a Journey Through the Ancient Art of Chinese Painting

Experience Artistic Zen in the Heart of Sheffield

Delve into the world of tranquility and beauty with our Chinese Painting Course in Sheffield. This course isn't just an art class; it's a gateway to a tradition that has captivated hearts and minds for centuries.

What is Chinese Painting?

Chinese painting, known as "Guóhuà," is a venerable art form that dates back to the Neolithic age. It's a dance of subtlety and strength, where every brushstroke carries the weight of history and every ink wash speaks a language of its own. Unlike Western painting, it's not just about replicating the world on paper but about capturing its essence, its spirit.

In this art form, artists use brushes, ink, and rice paper or silk to create landscapes, floral scenes, and portrayals of animals that are more than just depictions; they are expressions of the artist's inner world, philosophical insights, and a deep connection with nature.

About our teacher:

Tao Ting has taught and collaborated with the Sheffield Confucius Institute and schools and educational platforms all across the South Yorkshire area. She has many years of experience engaging in and teaching the art of Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Price: £140 general public - £120 university staff - Students will receive their very own painting kit with course purchase

Time: TBC

Location: TBC

Please email, or call 07593502130 with any inquiries 

Registration through the University Online Shop

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Chinese Calligraphy course- TBC

Students practices her calligraphy
Students practices her calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language or Chinese writing skills.

About: You will practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy and become acquainted with Chinese calligraphy styles. You will learn more about the cultural and historical messages behind the characters you write.

Time: 7:30pm - 9pm every second Wednesday of the month. Next session: 14 December 2022. 

Location: Room BB15a, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

Price: FREE - Just come along!

Equipment: Calligraphy brushes ink and paper will be provided for use during each session.

This course is suitable for anyone new to Calligraphy and for those who have experience with Calligraphy or have previously attended our Calligraphy courses.

Contact for inquiries:

Chinese Zither (Guzheng) - TBC

Immerse yourself into a world of Chinese traditional music and enjoy the hauntingly beautiful Guzheng (which is a 21-stringed Chinese plucked zither).

Learn to read Chinese music notations/scores, get introduced to the main Chinese guzheng performance styles, practise the basic playing techniques and enjoy a guzheng performance.

No prior knowledge about music or Chinese language is required. Guzheng instruments will be provided during the class. Places are limited to two people per class, with separate classes for adults and children.

Guzheng class is currently on hold. 

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