TAG: Asian art

So, What are you Trying to Say?
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So, What are you Trying to Say?

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Bird-Headed Deity. They will use information gathered to create a group chart noting symbolic intent found in the object.

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The Beauty of Wabi
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The Beauty of Wabi

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

In this lesson, students explore what is beautiful with the intention of expanding their definitions of the word through the Japanese concept of wabi.

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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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Fanciful Fun with Fans
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Fanciful Fun with Fans

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

In this lesson children will play with fans, make fans, and have fun imagining they are wasps with fans, all inspired by the Grip Enhancers (Menuki) with Wasps and Fans. They will use their powers of observation, artistic skills, and imaginations in varied ways throughout the lesson.

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The Beauty and Simplicity
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The Beauty and Simplicity

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will observe the Black Raku Tea Bowl for characteristics of wabi sabi, an aesthetic ideal of beauty. Students will then create a haiku poem about a simple, yet elegant item.

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A Map of Compassion
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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
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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
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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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The Goal in the Mandala
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The Goal in the Mandala

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

After viewing images and reading information about the Hayagriva Sand Mandala, students will brainstorm what their personal goals are, as well as obstacles that might challenge the attainment of those goals.

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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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Detecting Tiny Details
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Detecting Tiny Details

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

Close observation helps students see tiny details in the Grip Enhancers (Menuki) with Rats. They will use these details to engage in different visual arts and movement activities.

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Got a Head for Compassion?
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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
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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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Hosoda Eishi, The Oiran Kasugano of the Sumidamaya and Her Retinue, c.1790.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Geisha and Courtesans

with Dr. Hiroko Johnson
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:00pm1:00pm.

Dr. Hiroko Johnson will explore the early origins of geisha, the difference between geisha and courtesans, and the profession’s rise and decline reflecting the growth and fall of the samurai warrior class. More