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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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The History of Islamic Calligraphy

The Arabic saying, “Purity of writing is purity of the soul” vividly describes the status of the master calligrapher in Islamic society. It was believed that only a person of spiritual devotion and clear thought could achieve the skill required for this supreme art.

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

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Make Your Own Seal Script Stamp

Make your own seal script stamp and use it to “sign” a decorated postcard.

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

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An Introduction to the Qu'ran

A brief introduction to the Qu’ran. Includes audio by Qamar Adamjee, Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator of Art of the Indian Subcontinent.

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

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An Introduction to Islam

Islam is one of the world’s major religions. It shares with Judaism and Christianity a belief in a single god. The Arabic name for God is Allah. The word Islam means “surrender (to God).” The followers of Islam are called Muslims, which in Arabic means “one who surrenders to God.”

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

Artwork

Camel, approx. 690–750

Camel, approx. 690–750. China, Shaanxi or Henan province. Tang dynasty (618–906). Glazed earthenware. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S95.

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

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An Introduction to Buddhism in Japan

Buddhism was officially transmitted to Japan in 552, when the monarch of the Korean kingdom of Baekje sent a mission to Japan with gifts, including an image of the Buddha, several ritual objects, and sacred texts. Buddhism’s journey from India to China, Korea, and Japan had taken about a thousand years.

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