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A Map of Compassion
Lesson Plan

A Map of Compassion

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion. They will then discuss and view examples of mind maps.

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Bumpy, Lumpy and Special
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Bumpy, Lumpy and Special

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Children will learn how things that are bumpy, lumpy, and not necessarily “perfect” are often just as special as things that seem smooth and “perfect.” They will have an opportunity to make a tea bowl using the idea that imperfection is still important and beautiful (wabi sabi).

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Reading the Signs
Lesson Plan

Reading the Signs

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems. They will then fill out a Cornell note-taking template to record symbols and interpretations about time, place, and culture attained from reading signs found on the art object.

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Combining Human and Animal Forms
Lesson Plan

Combining Human and Animal Forms

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 35 minute lesson

Students will use visual observation skills to carefully examine the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief and explore the movement, sounds, and traits of different animals.

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Designing a Dish
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Designing a Dish

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will locate different symbols on the Chinese Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems, then choose three of their favorite symbols to create on their own paper plate dishes.

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A Portrait of One’s Own
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A Portrait of One’s Own

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.

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Words-A-Buzz
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Words-A-Buzz

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Inspired by the wasps on the Japanese Grip Enhancers (Menuki) with Wasps and Fans, this lesson focuses on communicating through words and movement.

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Contents and Containers
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Contents and Containers

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Children will examine different containers and what they can hold. They will then learn about the Ceramic Thick Tea Caddy, what it holds, and why it is special. Watching a video on the Japanese Tea Ceremony will reinforce the container’s value and importance in Japanese culture.

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Got a Head for Compassion?
Lesson Plan

Got a Head for Compassion?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 35 minute lesson

This lesson focuses on the story of the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion and the definition of “compassion.” Students will work with visual images and tools to enhance oral and listening skills, while building upon kindness in peer relationships and with others around them.

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Special Versus Ordinary
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Special Versus Ordinary

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Children will first compare their everyday drinking containers to containers they use on special occasions. They will then learn about the importance of the tea ceremony in Japan and the special containers used for these ceremonies.

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Reviewing Classroom Rules and Values
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Reviewing Classroom Rules and Values

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

In this lesson, students will learn that classroom rules and values are set in place to create a calm and peaceful environment.

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How to Decorate a Palace
Lesson Plan

How to Decorate a Palace

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will learn about the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity stone relief and the palace from which it comes. They will then work in groups to examine how the stone relief shows us that over the course of human history, some things change and others remain the same.

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Full face mask of Agyo
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Buddhism & the Samurai

Various forms of Buddhism played a major role in the life of the samurai, and we find this influence throughout several pieces on display. More

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.

Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More

Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Exhibition

Samurai

Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Mar 6, 2016–Jun 5, 2016

This exhibition tells the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world. More