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Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson or Activity
Turkish calligraphers were skillful at transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. This was done by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Favorite animal shapes include the lion, peacock, and stork. Students will write a descriptive sentence about an animal that they believe has virtuous qualities. They will create a zoomorphic pen and ink drawing composed of this sentence.
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
For the Artist Drawing Club series, Nick Dong explored the patterns and the ways in which they come together to form culture and create a visual language to transmit ideas. Reflecting on the exhibition Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Dong created an immersive, interactive installation of a “circular sky” and a “square earth," invoking ancient Chinese iconography of heaven and earth. Through this cosmological pattern, Dong recognizes the rich and wondrous culture in the exhibition and its place in the modern world.