In groups, students will discuss how artists communicate events and characters by observing and describing scenes in the scroll containing stories of Rama’s youth. Students will compare the context of this scroll’s use with those of scrolls illustrating other epics. Then they will create a biographical scroll from the perspective of a character in the Ramayana (The Life of Rama).
Students will research objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection and choose one that they think will earn the most money in the marketplace. Then, they will create a commercial to try to sell their object to the class using evidence as to why the object/idea was considered valuable at the time.
This selection of resources introduces stories of courageous acts performed by ordinary men, women, girls, and boys. Resources support the Heroes and Sheroes storytelling school program at the Asian Art Museum.
Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) discuss how Indian values are expressed in the ephemeral art of threshold painting; 3.) draw traditional connect-the-dots threshold art designs; 4.) make colored rice flour and create an auspicious floor painting
This selection of resources introduces stories and characters from South and Southeast Asia. Resources support the Stories from South and Southeast Asia storytelling school program at the Asian Art Museum.
Students trace the movement of Hinduism, and one of its primary stories, the Story of Rama (The Ramayana), from India to Bali, Indonesia; discuss how stories change and are reinterpreted according to time and place; and make comparisons between characters in the Story of Rama and the film series Star Wars.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Lesson or Activity
2 class periods
Buddhism originated in India and spread north west and then east, eventually making it’s way to Japan via the Korean Peninsula. Throughout its transmission it was used as a tool to spread ideas and new technologies. The spread of Buddhism can be traced on a map, through geographic and chronological markers. It can also be shown through the artifacts that arose from contact with this religion as it spread across Asia. Students will compare and contrast Buddhist objects from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's collection to draw conclusions about how each represents qualities of local culture.