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Video

Baat Cheet with Founder of Healing Yoga Foundation Kate Holcombe

Utilizing the special exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation as a point of departure, this short, dynamic talk, or Baat Cheet, focuses on California’s unique role in the adoption, evolution, and popularization of yoga today.

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

Background Information

An Introduction to Yoga: The Art of Transformation

This background information will help you prepare your students for their visit to Yoga: The Art of Transformation (on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 21–May 25, 2014).

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 Kingdom of Bhutan

Known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” Bhutan is a remote Himalayan kingdom located east of Nepal and west of Burma, between Tibet and India. On its northern border, Bhutan is flanked by some of the tallest mountains in the world.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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An Introduction to Sufism

Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, was a distinct tradition within Islam that aimed to cultivate inner spiritual life. Sufism probably derives from the word suf, meaning wool, a reference to the woolen clothing worn by early Sufi mystics. The focus of Sufism changed over the centuries as Islam grew and expanded. Initially moved by the fear of God, Sufism eventually adopted an affirming doctrine of love, and later the concept of the spiritual journey of the individual towards God.

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

Activity

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