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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)

Background Information

Bu and Bun: The Arts of War and Peace

In addition to superior strategic and military ability, most elite samurai were expected to be versed in the cultural arts. The warrior’s ideal balance of military and artistic skill is captured well in this description of the sixteenth century daimyo Hosokawa Yusai (1534–1610): “Renowned for his elegant pursuits, he is a complete man combining arts [bun] and arms [bu] . . .” Learn more.

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

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)

Activity

Create a Simulated Woodblock Print

Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.

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

Video

Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy

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

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