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Brushpainting (interactive)

Create your own brush-painted masterpiece.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Character and Brushstrokes

All Chinese characters are made up of a number of strokes. These strokes are painted in a prescribed order, depending on the script. Generally, strokes move from top to bottom and from left to right.

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

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A Visual Vocabulary of Brushstrokes

The brushpainting artist can achieve a multitude of effects by varying such factors as the speed and pressure applied to a brush, the size and type of brush, the amount of moisture, the manner in which different shades of ink or colors are loaded onto the brush, the angle at which the brush is held, and the type of paper or silk used for painting. Above are examples, drawn from the museum’s collection, which represent some of the more common techniques.

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

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The Four Treasures and Other Utensils for a Scholar's Desk

Writing was so valued by the Chinese that they called the most essential implements for the art The Four Treasures–the brush, ink stick, ink stone, and paper.

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

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Chanoyu: The Japanese Art of Tea

The Japanese phrase Chanoyu, translated literally as “hot water for tea,” refers to the tradition of preparing and serving powdered green tea in a highly stylized manner. Learn more about this tradition.

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

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"Collected Letters" by Liu Jianhua

Commissioned for our 50th anniversary, Liu Jianhua’s striking artwork “Collected Letters” links the Asian Art Museum building’s past as the city’s Main Library with the museum’s distinctly forward-looking mission.

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

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An Introduction to the Geography of Japan

Part of a long archipelago off the eastern rim of the Asian continent, the island country of Japan has four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Learn more.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Brushpainting Techniques

Experience for yourself the art of brush-and-ink painting. Begin by learning how to hold the brush. Once you feel comfortable, experiment by applying varying degrees of pressure, speed, and moisture. Finally, create your own brushpainting masterpiece.

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