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What is Asia?

“Asia” is a term invented by the Greeks and Romans, and developed by Western geographers to indicate the land mass east of the Ural Mountains and Ural River, together with offshore islands such as Japan and Java.

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

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An Introduction to Islam

Islam is one of the world’s major religions. It shares with Judaism and Christianity a belief in a single god. The Arabic name for God is Allah. The word Islam means “surrender (to God).” The followers of Islam are called Muslims, which in Arabic means “one who surrenders to God.”

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

Video

A Walkthrough the Chinese Galleries

A video tour of the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries highlighting ceramics, jades, bronzes, paintings, and Buddhist arts representing some six thousand years of Chinese culture and tradition.

*Filmed in former museum location (prior to 2003) in Golden Gate Park. Presented by Brian Hogarth.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

In China, painting and writing developed hand in hand, sharing the same tools and techniques.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond, High School (9-12), Middle School (6-8)
https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Chinese_Calligraphy_Scripts-600x450.jpg 1x, https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Chinese_Calligraphy_Scripts.jpg 2x

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
https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Lotus_Example-600x450.jpg 1x, https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Lotus_Example.jpg 2x

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)

Lesson

Shadow Theater - Bringing Your Character to Life

Students use visual evidence to convey character by constructing a visual identity for their shadow puppet, and demonstrate principles of shadow-casting and puppet-making by performing their shadow play.

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