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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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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

Video

The Magic Paintbrush

Leta Bushyhead, Asian Art Museum Storyteller, tells a Chinese folktale inspired by objects in the museum’s collection.

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

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New Year's Celebrations: China

Rituals and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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

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Make a Temple Book or Japanese Screen

Students will create their own books and stamps, and can inscribe poetry or good wishes on each others books. They will then take their books with them on a pilgrimage to the Asian Art Museum, the Japanese tea garden, or the beach, and record their impressions.

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

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Making Indonesian Rod Puppets (lesson)

Students will: 1.) analyze the role of the puppet master (dalang) in Indonesian rod puppet theater (wayang golek). 2.) Read a summary of the Ramayana or a scene from this Hindu epic. 3.) Identify the different puppet character types. 4.) construct a rod puppet of a character from the Ramayana or the Mahabharata.

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

Video

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)

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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 Your Own Samurai Helmet

Create a helmet out of folded paper, called origami. Decorate it with added embellishments and markings to simulate the patterns of lacing and other details.

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