Historic Impressions: Seal Carving Workshop

Date:  10 Dec 2023 - 17 Dec 2023

Venue: Workshop Room, G/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

The origin of Chinese seals is closely linked to trends in society and the economy, acting as a record of a variety of purposes, including establishing one’s identity or serving as a record of the viewing or ownership of an artwork. During the Han dynasty, a diverse range of seals emerged that held practical value and marked their artistic zenith—a period characterised by exquisite designs and ornamental knob shapes.

Organised in conjunction with the exhibition Kings’ Inscriptions · Contemporary Interpretations, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in this traditional art form. The instructor will show several Han seals as examples, provide an overview of seal history and demonstrate seal carving techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to create an auspicious jiyu (吉語) seal—— ‘日利’ (Fortune Every Day).


Instructor: Harrison Tso

Tso Cheuk Yim, Harrison, apart from teaching art, is a Chinese calligrapher and seal carving artist. Born in Hong Kong, he obtained a Master of Arts Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2021. Harrison’s artwork concentrates on discovering innovative and engaging methods to present art through traditional medium. In addition, he strives to incorporate his personal reflections and aspects of popular culture within his creations.

Date | Time | Audience and Language | Registration fee and material cost | Registration Deadline

10 December 2023 (Sun) | 3 pm–5 pm | Teenagers* and Adults (Cantonese) | HK$ 250 per person^ | 6 December 2023 [FULL]

16 December 2023 (Sat) | 11 am–1 pm | Teenagers* and Adults (Cantonese) | HK$ 250 per person^ | 12 December 2023 [FULL]

16 December 2023 (Sat) | 3 pm–5 pm | Teenagers* and Adults (Cantonese) | HK$ 250 per person^ | 12 December 2023 [FULL]

17 December 2023 (Sun) | 3 pm–5 pm | Teenagers* and Adults (Cantonese) | HK$ 250 per person^ | 13 December 2023 [FULL]


*The sessions are recommended for everyone aged 15 or above. Suitable for beginners. The quota for each time slot is 12.

^Participants can take away one carved seal and five pieces of bamboo papers. Tools for seal-carving will be provided for use during the workshop and must be returned after the class.


Registration opens on 21 November 2023. To register, please first settle the corresponding course fee by onlinepayment, then email your completed application form to museum-events@hku.hk.   

All applications will be processed only when both the completed form and course fee are received.Applications are confirmed upon receiving an email from UMAG.  The applicants may be requested to provide online payment receipt as proof.


Step 1. Online payment: please click on your preferred date to proceed payment

10 December 3 pm–5 pm (Sun) Cantonese [FULL]
16 December 11 am–1 pm (Sat) Cantonese [FULL]

16 December 3 pm–5 pm (Sat) Cantonese [FULL]

17 December 3 pm–5 pm (Sun) Cantonese [FULL]


Step 2. Click here to download the application form, and send the completed form to museum-events@hku.hk.


For enquiries, please contact us Tel.: 2219 5513 / Email: hannahws@hku.hk

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