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Balinese Costumes with Luh Estiti Andarawati and Maria Omo

Observe the time, love and labor that goes into the costumes and makeup required in one of the most important traditional Balinese dances, the condong (“divine nymph”). See examples of other Balinese customary ritual clothing and learn how to outfit yourself in a sarong and sash. Dancers will perform a segment of the majestic condong in their full regalia.

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

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Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance Lecture

Associate Curator of Southeast Asian Art, Natasha Reichle, trains the Asian Art Museum docents on the upcoming Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance exhibition on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 25-September 11, 2011.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Ascending the Heron Tower Written in Cursive Script

Master Chinese calligrapher Cai Xingyi writes the poem Ascending the Heron Tower by Poet Wang Zhihuan (688-742) in cursive script. See more in the exhibition, Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy (on view at the Asian Art Museum from Oct. 5, 2012–Jan. 13, 2013).

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

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Archaeology Inventory Project

To expose students to terminology used by archaeologists and to heighten awareness of the rich discoveries in Afghanistan. Students make visual observations, write clear, succinct descriptions, form hypothesis on the function of the artwork, and investigate the influences of different cultures on art found along the Silk Road in Afghanistan.

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

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Anju, from the Far World (after seven paintings by Fuyuko Matsui)

Mari L’Esperance reads a poem she wrote in response to seven paintings by Fuyuko Matsui in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012). This presentation was part of MATCHA. Co-presented by Litquake.

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

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How to Paint a Lotus

Students will learn how to paint a lotus flower using Chinese brushpainting techniques.

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

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An Introduction to Kabuki Theater

Kabuki was one of the three most popular dramatic forms of Japan, the other two being Noh drama and puppet theater (bunraku).

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

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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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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