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Background Information

Muromachi Period Tea (1338-1573)

During the Muromachi period (1338–1573) the vogue for Chinese art, especially among the Ashikaga shoguns, who ruled as the military leaders of Japan during this period, led to the development of new architectural environments in which to display collections of tea-related objects. Learn more.

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

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The Development of Landscape Painting in China: The Song (960–1279) through the Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties

Invasions in the north by the Jin Tartars in the 12th century forced the Song dynasty to retreat to the south where a new court was established at Hangzhou in 1127. Under the Emperor Hui Zong the Imperial Painting Academy already was moving in the direction of closer views of nature, both in landscapes and in images of birds, flowers, and insects. The intent was to capture the vital life spirit of these subjects as well as an understanding of their true form, texture, and movement in space.

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

Activity

How to Paint a Lotus

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

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

Video

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

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An Introduction to the Zhou Dynasty

A date around 1050 BCE is generally accepted as the date of the defeat of the Shang dynasty (approx. 1500 to 1050 BCE) by Wen Wang and the establishment of the Zhou. The Zhou is divided into Western and Eastern stages, with 771 BCE a critical year, when the Zhou court moved east to Luoyang.

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

Artwork

Archery Practice

Archery practice, by Shibayama Hirotoyo (1673–1723). Japan. Edo period (1615–1868). Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk. The Avery Brundage Collecton, B65D2.

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