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Students learning about Japanese art and culture during a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

Japan

Grades K-8

Students are transported to another place and time as they respectfully handle a samurai sword, carefully hold tea bowls, and explore ink painting tools, all while looking closely at historic art of Japan.

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The Beauty of Wabi
Lesson Plan

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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The Beauty and Simplicity
Lesson Plan

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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Words-A-Buzz
Lesson Plan

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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Bumpy, Lumpy and Special
Lesson Plan

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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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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Reviewing Classroom Rules and Values
Lesson Plan

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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Contents and Containers
Lesson Plan

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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Special Versus Ordinary
Lesson Plan

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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Fanciful Fun with Fans
Lesson Plan

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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Detecting Tiny Details
Lesson Plan

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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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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Arrangements of Flower-themed Artworks
Exhibition

Arrangements

Jun 1, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

Arrangements of flower-themed artwork will be on view throughout the Denver Art Museum this summer as part of the campus-wide celebration of flowers and in conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

These installations highlight the DAM's vast and varied collections by spotlighting groupings of artworks from all over the world and across time that embrace the flower as subject matter.

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At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints
Exhibition

At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

Jul 6, 2014–Sep 21, 2014

These prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology but continued to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the twentieth century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience. More

Photos of 1800s Japanese Fireman's Coat
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Photos of 1800s Japanese Fireman's Coat

One of our recent Artwork of the Week picks on Facebook, a Japanese fireman’s coat from the late 1800s or early 1900s, sparked much interest within our Facebook community. Due to the positive feedback and dialogue the DAM staff received, we thought we’d share additional information on this artwork, including detail photos of the coat. More

Depth & Detail
Exhibition

Depth & Detail

Carved Bamboo from China, Japan & Korea
On View through July 2, 2017

The intricate decoration of the items on view includes religious imagery as well as people, animals, birds, insects, plants, and landscapes that tell stories or have symbolic meaning. More

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