Explore the arts of Japan that inspired new creative directions for Monet, Van Gogh, and others in the United States and Europe. Use these resources to prepare your students for the Looking East school program at the Asian Art Museum (Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists is on view October 30, 2015-Feburary 7, 2016).
During the Looking East School Program students will:
- Trace how modernization and new global exchange inthe 19th century, including World’s Fairs, created the opportuinity for artists and collectors to come into contact with the arts of Japan and other cultures
- Recognize and describe how European an American artists integrated design principles they observed in Japanese prints into their own works of art,
- Compare and contrast different ways that artists were inspired by Japanese arts and culture and how this inspiration informed new directions in their own work.
Before your visit:
- Watch the video “Looking East: Techniques and Inspiration” with your class to introduce how artists borrowed elements of Japanese art and integrated them into their work.
- Review elements of art and principles of design.
- Ask your students to think about some of the following questions:
- Artists often look at works of art by different artists to give them new ideas. What do you when you are looking for inspiration?
- European and American artists borrowed images and techniques from Japanese art, blending them with their own training and ideas to create something new. Can you think of any examples of artists or people you’ve heard of doing this today? Do you think it is okay to wear or represent a culture that is not your own? Support your position with examples.