Writing and Painting
Chinese writing is different from our printed word because it does not use a phonetic alphabet. Chinese characters or pictographs, which are called calligraphy, represent words, not sounds. To write characters, they use ground black ink, brushes and thin rice paper.
Painting with a brush is an integral part of the Chinese culture. The ink and brush are used on paper or silk. Chinese scrolls or screens show beautiful works of art. Yani, a young artist, began painting at the very young age of 3. She became a very famous brush painting artist with her whimsical paintings of cats, monkeys, lions and other animals.