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Video

Tiger and the Puppy

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Miriam Mills, engages pre-school students in the museum’s Korea galleries by telling a Korean folktale about a tiger and a puppy using artworks from the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten
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Activity

Lunar New Year Zodiac Animals: Coloring Pages

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle and each year is linked to an animal. Find your birth year and color in your zodiac animal.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3)
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Background Information

Arts of the Islamic World

Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than five hundred years, and in some parts for more than a thousand. Today, far more Muslims live in other parts of Asia than in the Arab areas of Asia such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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Activity

Make a No-Sew Bojagi

In this activity, you’ll learn how to make no-sew bojagi that you can use to wrap a gift for a special person in your life.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Video

Making Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware

Artist Kwangwoo Bae demonstrates the process of making Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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What Are the Main Branches of Buddhism?

Over the centuries, two main branches of Buddhism emerged: a transmission that traveled to Southeast Asia, and a transmission that evolved in East Asia. A further offshoot of the northern transmission also developed. All three branches began in India, and developed further as they moved across Asia.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Artwork

Jar, approx. 1600

Jar, approx. 1600. Korea. Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Porcelain with transparent glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P110+.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Importance of Land and Mountains in Korean Culture

This image shows mountains and harvested rice in the autumn near the village of Andong in South Korea. Andong has been preserved as a traditional village, and exhibits both upper- and lower-class houses from the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). The Korean peninsula is filled with mountains. Mountains form natural barriers and also create distinctive regions within Korea. Rice is a staple crop in Korea. Land formed the basis of wealth for most of Korean history. Rice was harvested not only for food, but also to pay for taxes.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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Artwork

Illustrations of Buddhist texts and ritual formulas, 2001

Illustrations of Buddhist texts and ritual formulas (Rashmivimla-vishuddhiprabhasa-dharani-sutra) (Mugujeonggwang Daedarani), 2001, by Dong-uArtist: Myeongcheon. Korea. Handscroll; sutra, gold on paper. Gift of Dong-u seunim, 2002.12.2.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Lesson

Illuminated Manuscripts: The Sacred Art of Narration

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).

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
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