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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Lesson

Gathering Goods for the Marketplace

Students will research objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection and choose one that they think will earn the most money in the marketplace. Then, they will create a commercial to try to sell their object to the class using evidence as to why the object/idea was considered valuable at the time.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

Background Information

Hundred Schools of Philosophy

Beginning in the Eastern Zhou dynasty (ca. 1071‒ 221 BCE) was the development of the so-called ‘hundred schools’ of philosophy, a creative flowering of genius that laid the foundations for all major schools of Chinese thought with the exception of Buddhism. At this time, philosophers began to travel around from court to court offering advice on everything from how to run the state, how to achieve victory in battle and how to achieve immortality.

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

Video

Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection

Overview of the Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibition that took place at the Asian Art Museum from September 26–December 6, 1998 (filmed at former museum location in Golden Gate Park).

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

Lesson

Epic Literature - The Ramayana (Story of Rama)

Students are introduced to the Ramayana (Story of Rama) and recall events by sequencing related art objects on a Story Hill. Then students make connections between artistic and literary depictions of character by comparing Vishnu and Ravana.

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

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 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)

Lesson

China's Terracotta Army

In groups, students will research and present information about the First Emperor’s accomplishments and legacy.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

Activity

Diwali Festival and Threshold Art

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) research how Diwali (Festival of Lights) is commemorated in India; 3. draw traditional labyrinth threshold patterns; 4.) work in teams to create a large labyrinth floor painting in celebration of Diwali

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