There were many inventions during the Song Dynasty; gunpowder, the compass and landscape paintings are a few. During this time period landscape painting and calligraphy were held in very high regard. Landscape paintings were balanced images from nature. Bamboo and cherry blossoms were the first items professionals would learn to paint.
Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting kits are referred to as The Four Treasures. A kit contains;
3. Ink Sticks
At home we read The Lost Horse and Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. The Lost Horse is a legend about how a twist of fate can save a life. It is set during the Mongol invasion of China. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush is an ancient Chinese legend about how strange things happen when a poor wandering boy gets a magic paintbrush.
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