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Activity

Zoomorphic Calligraphy and Virtuous Qualities

Turkish calligraphers were skillful at transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. This was done by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Favorite animal shapes include the lion, peacock, and stork. Students will write a descriptive sentence about an animal that they believe has virtuous qualities. They will create a zoomorphic pen and ink drawing composed of this sentence.

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

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New Year Investigations: Tablescapes (lesson)

Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5)

Background Information

Religious Practices of the Samurai

An overview of the religious practices of the samurai.

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

Video

Nine Cloud Dream

Digitized from VHS, this video re-tells a popular Korean folktale using a painted Korean screen from the collection of the Asian Art Museum.

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

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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)

Activity

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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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)

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)