East-West calligraphy COURSES



18-19 November and 25-26 November 2023


Art of writing in the East
Masterclass with Kazuaki Tanahashi
18 and 19 November 2023, h 10.30-16.30
Museum Correr, Library

Master Kazuaki Tanahashi will accompany the participants in the discovery of East Asian calligraphy, starting with the ancient Chinese masterpieces. By faithfully copying and internalizing selected ideograms in different styles, you will get to the heart of the creative and learning process. The technique of writing with the brush will bring you closer to the aesthetic sense that underlies oriental calligraphy. By honing one’s skills and accepting imperfections, everyone will find a way to increase the pleasure of the act of writing with serenity and enthusiasm, in ways that can be applied to conscious healing in all aspects of daily life. Artistic interpretation and expressionist improvisation will be an integral part of the work. Everyone, even if they have no previous experience, will be able to follow master Kaz, using brushes, ink, color and paper, in a fascinating and engaging itinerary.

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and educated in Japan and active in the United States, is an artist, writer and peacemaker. As a painter and calligrapher, he is the author of Heart of the Brush: Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy. He has had solo exhibitions and taught all over the world.


Art of writing in the West
Masterclass with Monica Dengo
25 and 26 November 2023, h 10.30-16.30
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art

The calligraphy artist Monica Dengo will focus her teaching on the value of freehand writing today, on the written mark and its link with body/form/mark-making. Starting from the act of making marks and copying them, everyone will be able to discover through direct experience how Western handwriting contains some common elements with brush writing in the East.
The course will be mainly practical. We will start with the writing of a word, then move on to the single mark, the gesture, the pressure, the space/form balance and finally the art of freely tracing marks on paper. For some the text will remain the fulcrum of the experience, for others it will only be a starting point towards abstraction, for still others the only apparently casual mark will be fully satisfactory. Participants will discover the expressive potential of handwriting and its value as a practice of concentration and well-being.
In this journey we will draw inspiration from the words of the poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa “Emptiness is not deprivation of …, or a lack of meaning, rather emptiness indicates a potential. Emptiness is like zero where zero is an indicator of nothing but the beginning, it is the possibility of what may come after that makes zero so crucial”.

Monica Dengo, engaged in the rediscovery of the art of freehand writing in our country, has been collaborating for many years with the Correr Museum Library in the work of promoting the knowledge of calligraphy through courses, organization of exhibitions and themed events.



The lessons are held in English and Italian, have a duration of two days each and are organized over two consecutive weekends. No previous specific knowledge is required.
Enrollment in each of the two courses will take place individually: you can enroll in both or only one of the two.
Each module will be activated with a minimum of 15 members and can accommodate a maximum of 18.

Students will be invited to the inauguration of the East and West Calligraphy exhibition at the Correr Museum on Friday 17 November. Visits to the collections of the libraries of the Giancarlo Ligabue Museum of Natural History (22 November 10.30-12.30), of the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum – Study Center of the History of Fabrics, Costumes and Perfume (24 November 10.30-12.30), of the Correr Museum (22 and 24 November 14.30-16.30), will be dedicated to the participants, where you can admire precious ancient documents and learn more about the evolution of handwriting in the West.

  • To enroll in each module it is necessary to proceed with the booking on our portal at this link (select Workshop in program > select the chosen course – registrations available from 7 April 2023)
  • Registrations are accepted in order of arrival. Upon reaching the minimum number of participants, the Booking Service will communicate the activation of the course
  • Enrollment is considered confirmed only upon payment of the envisaged fee, to be MADE WITHIN 3 WORKING DAYS FROM THE COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVATION OF THE COURSE
  • In the week preceding the start of the activity, any “last minute” reservations can only be sent by email to biblioteca.correr@fmcvenezia.it. These registrations will be accepted only if the waiting list is exhausted and compatibly with the available places. The payment of the fee, even in these cases, must be anticipated with respect to the beginning of the course
  • There are no refunds for cancellations.



The cost of each module is 350 euros per participant.

The price includes:

  • Invitation to the opening of the East West Calligraphy exhibition, Friday 17 November 2023, at the Correr Museum
  • Visits to the collections of the libraries of the Giancarlo Ligabue Museum of Natural History (22 November 10.30-12.30), of the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum – Study Center of the History of Fabrics, Costumes and Perfume (24 November 10.30-12.30), of the Correr Museum (22 and 24 November 14.30-16.30)
  • Museum Pass to visit all the permanent collections of the Civic Museums of Venice (Palazzo Ducale, Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico, Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Palazzo Mocenigo, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pesaro, Museo del Vetro – Murano, Museo del Merletto – Burano,Museo di Storia Naturale)
  • Discount at the Correr Museum cafeteria and at the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca’ Pesaro cafeteria, from 17 to 26 November.

The price does not include:

  • Stationery materials for carrying out the course. The students will receive in time the list of necessary materials


Courses organized as part of EAST-WEST CALLIGRAPHY – Calligraphy events between East and West >


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