Welcome To Hancca’s Arts Section

From the Chinese Culture Association

In Chinese tradition, the arts are divided between civil and military. Only those who mastered both could aim to obtain perfection and be considered a true “gentleman-scholar”.

Codified during the Zhou Dynasty, a well-rounded education was taken to consist of the Six Arts 六艺of rites – music – archery – horsemanship – calligraphy – mathematics.

Gradually over the centuries, with ever increasing peace and prosperity, society turned more towards leisure and the pursuit of pure aesthetics. As a result, the civil components gained prominence and evolved to emphasis the Four Arts 四艺of qin – qi – calligraphy – painting; valued even in current times as the marks of a sophisticated and refined individual.

Overall, art in Chinese culture aspires towards an ideal balance between physical skill and mental prowess; the height of the artistic achievement being considered as able to strategize and execute, but with attention given to form and aesthetics.