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Activity

Flying Carp Kite

In this activity, children will make a paper carp which may be flown at their own homes on May 5th. Skills reinforced through this activity include: greater understanding of traditions, aesthetic awareness, symbolism, fine motor skills, visual discrimination and awareness, measurement and following directions.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3)

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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

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Create a Thai Style Shadow Puppet

Shadow puppet performances were popular forms of entertainment in Thailand. Create your own shadow puppet and perform a scene from the the Ramayana.

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

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Create a Personal Kit’alar

A kit’alar is a calligraphic work written on a rectangular piece of paper pasted onto a cardboard backing. Equal margins are left around the calligraphy in which the artist decorates with marbled paper (ebru) or illumination.

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

Video

Chinese Buddhist Cave Shrines

Explores ancient Buddhist cave shrines in China, including why the sites were created and the major sponsors and patrons.

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

Artwork

Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906

Central Asian wine peddler, approx. 618–906. China, Henan province. Molded and sculpted earthenware figure with three-color glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P521.

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

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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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Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy

A comprehensive, short documentary on the art of Chinese calligraphy.

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