Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12)
Lesson or Activity
Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of pookolam—a three-dimensional threshold art using flowers; 2.) research the harvest festival of Onam celebrated in the southwestern state of Kerala, India; 3.) create an auspicious flower decoration in celebration of Onam
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
A True Picture of the Steamship Powhatan; A Ship Generally Called a Steam Frigate..., from the Black Ship Scroll, Edo period (1615-1868); approx. 1854. Japan. Handscroll segment mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper. Museum purchase with assistance from the Japan Society of Northern California, 2012.60.2.
In this project-based unit, students examine the questions, legends, and facts surrounding the Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor (Qin Shihuang). The goal of this unit is to guide students through the process of inquiry using art objects to explore history, science, and art.
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
In Chinese brushpainting, the artist can achieve a multitude of effects by varying such factors as the speed and pressure applied to a brush, the size and type of brush, the amount of moisture, the manner in which different shades of ink or colors are loaded onto the brush, the angle at which the brush is held, and the type of paper or silk used for painting.These examples, drawn from the museum’s collection, represent some of the more common techniques.