NANJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- East China's Jiangsu Province will launch a calligraphy
proficiency test, in an effort to promote the traditional Chinese art
among youngsters, according to the provincial education and examination
Penmanship, especially among elementary school and high school students, is
backsliding today with the increasing influence of computers on daily life, said
They are afraid the Chinese traditional art of calligraphy might be
threatened with obsolescence.
A calligraphy certificate test, jointly schemed by Jiangsu Provincial
Education Examinations Authority and Nanjing Arts Institute, will be launched to
pupils, college students and calligraphy-fans from every walk of life in a bid
to raise people's awareness of the traditional art form.
Works by both hard-tipped pens and brushes can be submitted to the test
organizing committee. The examination panel, composed of noted calligraphers,
will grade them into elementary, preliminary and proficient levels.
According to the sponsors' plan, the test will be held at the second
weekend of every March and September.
"The certificate will be a reliable appraisal of one's calligraphic skills
as well as aesthetic sense," said an expert with the institute.
Chinese calligraphy, accompanying the evolution of the Chinese characters and
culture in the past millenniums, plays an essential part in tradition Chinese
Its value is also on a rise with the lapse of time. Last June, a
grass-style calligraphic work by a master hand in the Yuan Dynasty (about 700
years ago), fetched a record 46.2 million yuan (5.6 million U.S. dollars) at an