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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Activity

Create a Floating Mandala

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

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Science in the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties

As with art, literature, and philosophy, the Tang dynasty (618-906) nurtured a Golden Age of development and innovation in science and technology that culminated in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The expansive exchange of foreign goods and information during the Tang, together with the high value placed upon close observation and analysis that characterized the Song, set the stage for vigorous scientific innovations. Important advances were made in astronomy, agriculture, industry, medicine, and military technologies.

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

Activity

Okamura's Extended Cup Platform

As a magician, Arthur Okamura wrote and illustrated his own magic trick books, including Paper Propeller, the Jumping Frog, the Spinning Quarter: And 38 Other Amazing Tricks You Can Do With Stuff Lying Around the House. In this activity, you will complete one of his physical balance tricks and suspend one cup above or at the same height of three other cups.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5)

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Ernie Kim: On the Surface

Learn about two techniques Ernie Kim used to decorate the surfaces of his ceramics.

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

Lesson

Making Rangoli: A Celebration of Color

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) discuss how Indian values are expressed in the ephemeral art of threshold painting; 3.) draw traditional connect-the-dots threshold art designs; 4.) make colored rice flour and create an auspicious floor painting

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

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Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game

Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.

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

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The Art and Science of Jade Snow Wong’s Work

Lesson: Students will 1) learn some of the hallmarks of Wong’s ceramics and enamels; 2) gain a general understanding of the ceramics- and enamel-making processes; and 3) understand some of the scientific processes involved in art.

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

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Why the Moon Wanes: Moon Journals

In this activity, observe the different moon phases, learn about the lunar calendar, and research some Hindu traditions and celebrations.

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

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Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Inspired by Okamura and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, students will learn about California’s water distribution and drought through the integration of science, math, and art.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)