Jade DelBosque, a 6th-grade GT student at TJIS, practices her favorite symbol, meaning “love.” Tatiana encourages her students to make their drawings “messy in a good way” to add some character. Jade said calligraphy isn’t easy, but she really likes learning it.
6th-grader Ryan Rauds proudly holds up his careful drawing of the Chinese character meaning “family.” Ryan said his favorite symbol is the one meaning “money.”
GT teacher Tatiana Authement is shown working with 6th-grader Jon Dominguez on his calligraphy.
Chesnie Mayo, a 6th-grade student in Tatiana’s class at TJIS, uses a calligraphy pen to draw the symbol meaning “pig.” Tatiana’s students use a dry erase board and a marker to practice, then move onto the calligraphy pens and a piece of paper to perfect their work and add it to the collection.
Tatiana Authement's 5th- and 6th-grade Gifted and Talented students at Thomas Jefferson Intermediate School have been learning the art of drawing Chinese characters for the past few weeks. Tatiana said that her students know the symbol and meaning of more than 100 Chinese characters, equal to about an entire semester of college material. Tatiana encourages her students to make the symbols their “own” by adding a bit of flair and unique style to each basic character. Each of her students will be creating a book about themselves, using the Chinese characters that they have learned. Each student’s personal book will be published for them to keep.