Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
“Asia” is a term invented by the Greeks and Romans, and developed by Western geographers to indicate the land mass east of the Ural Mountains and Ural River, together with offshore islands such as Japan and Java.
Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12)
Lesson or Activity
This selection of resources introduces students to the vocabulary, techniques, and values of East Asian ink painting. Lessons and background information compliment the Brushpainting: Nature in Art school program at the Asian Art Museum.
Students will: 1.) Learn that Buddhism is a religion founded by an enlightened young Indian prince who became the Buddha. 2.) Learn how the Buddha’s birthday, a national holiday, is celebrated in Korea. 3.) Discuss how the lotus flower is symbol of purity and wisdom. 3.) Construct a lotus blossom lantern.
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.) Identify the format and elements of a sutra. 2.) Examine why sutras (the teachings of the Buddha) are important historical and religious documents. 3.) Analyze why the writing of sutras is considered an important religious act. 4.) Construct and illustrate an accordion book manuscript based on the sutra format used during the Goryeo dynasty (Korea).
Adrian Wong's background in research-based psychology is reflected in the way he prepares months before beginning a project. He delves into historical archives, combs through photographs and memorabilia, and conducts interviews. Watch his interview with Classical Feng Shui Practitioner Sasha Yungju Lee in preparation for his installation in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012.
This lecture series, organized by the Society for Asian Art, explores narrative using Asian art—how myths, legends, histories and moral precepts have been transmitted through visual means. Topics range from sculptural reliefs and murals used to educate pilgrims at famous religious sites to works created primarily for entertainment. Contemporary storytelling is also addressed via lectures on Bollywood and manga produced by San Francisco's Henry Yoshitaka Kiama.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
A time-lapse video of the installation of Choi Jeong Hwa's "Breathing Flower" in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. On view during the "Phantoms of Asia" exhibition at the Asian Art Museum (May 18--September 2, 2012).
Peek behind-the-scenes of the Asian Art Museum as conservators Mark Fenn and Colleen O'Shea perform in-depth analysis and treatment of four Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware in the Asian Art Museum's collection.