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Background Information

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)

Lesson

Brushpainting: Nature in Art School Program (selected resources)

This selection of resources introduces students to the vocabulary, techniques, and values of East Asian ink painting. Lessons and background information compliment the Brushpainting: Nature in Art school program at the Asian Art Museum.

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

Video

A Confucian Scholar's House

An introduction to Korean Confucianism and related architecture.

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

Background Information

How to Identify a Buddha

The earliest surviving representations of the Buddha date from hundreds of years after his death, so they are not portraits in the usual sense. Buddha images vary greatly from place to place and period to period, but they almost always show these conventional features . . .

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

Lesson

Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival

Students will: 1.) Learn that Buddhism is a religion founded by an enlightened young Indian prince who became the Buddha. 2.) Learn how the Buddha’s birthday, a national holiday, is celebrated in Korea. 3.) Discuss how the lotus flower is symbol of purity and wisdom. 3.) Construct a lotus blossom lantern.

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

Activity

Brushpainting (interactive)

Create your own brush-painted masterpiece.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), High School (9-12), Middle School (6-8)

Background Information

The Life of the Buddha

The Buddha—that is, the “Enlightened One”—lived nearly 2500 years ago in northern India. His followers have always seen his life as a shining example to all, but what “really happened” is now impossible to know for certain. Even the earliest stories of his life include miraculous events that may seem hard to take literally. Later versions are even more elaborate, and they differ from one another in many details.

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