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Gecko: A Balinese Folktale

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Miriam Mills tells a story about a gecko from Bali.

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

Activity

Diwali Festival and Threshold Art

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) research how Diwali (Festival of Lights) is commemorated in India; 3. draw traditional labyrinth threshold patterns; 4.) work in teams to create a large labyrinth floor painting in celebration of Diwali

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

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Storytelling in Ritual and Performance in Bali

Balinese stories are continually told and retold. Tales such as the Ramayana are mainly spread through storytelling, shadow plays, masked dance, chants, and other theatrical genres. Learn more.

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

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Beliefs of Hinduism

Learn about the basic beliefs of Hinduism.

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

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Artful Storytelling (lesson)

Objective: 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.

Duration: One class period over the course of 1 week

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

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Artist in Focus: Xu Bing

Xu Bing is renowned for his artistic explorations of the role of language in human life.

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

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At the Table: Rice Paper Scissors

Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan of Rice Paper Scissors bring Vietnamese street food to California. For this Tasting Menu, they explore how food and fashion are passed down through generations — namely by our grandparents. Joining them is Andria Lo of local blog Chinatown Pretty, which celebrates the street style of seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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

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At the Table: LUCKYRICE with Danielle Chang

Tasting Menu is a series that considers connections between Bay Area “foodie” culture and objects in the museum’s collection.

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