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Lesson

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)

Artwork

Hermit in landscape, approx. 1618–1652

Hermit in landscape, approx. 1618–1652, Chen Hongshou (1598-1652). China; Ming dynasty (1368–1644) or Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Hanging Scroll; ink and colors on silk. Museum purchase, B79D8.

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

Background Information

Heian and Kamakura Period Tea (794–1338)

The first record of tea drinking in Japan occurs early in the Heian period (794–1185) whenit was introduced to the Japanese aristocracy by scholar-monks returning from Tang dynasty China. Learn more.

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

Background Information

Formats of Chinese Painting

Learn more about the various formats of Chinese painting.

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

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)

Artwork

Dancer, approx. 618–700

Dancer, approx. 618–700. China Tang dynasty (618–906). Painted earthenware. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P305.

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

Activity

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)

Lesson

Create Mini-Kamishibai

Students will: 1.) create a pocket size version of kamishibai and illustrate a Japanese folktale; 2.) learn the history of kamishibai; 3.) use oral, written, and visual language in presenting Japanese folktales; 4.) discuss the similarities and differences in American and Japanese storytelling traditions; 4.) gain an awareness of Japanese culture and Japanese society in early to mid-20th century.

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