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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Epic Literature - The Ramayana (Story of Rama)

Students are introduced to the Ramayana (Story of Rama) and recall events by sequencing related art objects on a Story Hill. Then students make connections between artistic and literary depictions of character by comparing Vishnu and Ravana.

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

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Creating Story with Music

Students express the Balinese concept of working together to create a community by applying the kecak musical pattern of interlocking parts to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and design their own chant using words or sounds to represent their characters.

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

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Create Mini-Kamishibai

Students will: 1.) create a pocket size version of kamishibai and illustrate a Japanese folktale; 2.) learn the history of kamishibai; 3.) use oral, written, and visual language in presenting Japanese folktales; 4.) discuss the similarities and differences in American and Japanese storytelling traditions; 4.) gain an awareness of Japanese culture and Japanese society in early to mid-20th century.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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The History of Islamic Calligraphy

The Arabic saying, “Purity of writing is purity of the soul” vividly describes the status of the master calligrapher in Islamic society. It was believed that only a person of spiritual devotion and clear thought could achieve the skill required for this supreme art.

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

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Islamic Calligraphy: Materials and Tools

In addition to giving artistic instruction on the art of writing, a teacher of Islamic calligraphy trained a student in how to prepare and use a multitude of materials and tools.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

In China, painting and writing developed hand in hand, sharing the same tools and techniques.

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