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Plant your own Past Continuous Tense Forest

Download the activity packet in the sidebar for instructions.

Bringing together images of trees painted by traditional ink painting masters in China, Korea, and Japan, Lam Tung Pang’s Past Continuous Tense invites us to reflect on our relationships with nature and with the past.

Create your own imaginary forest, and be intentional in placing your trees:

  • Will your forest be lush or sparse?

  • How might you make some trees appear closer, while others appear farther away?

  • Where can you add fingerprints and smudges to create an atmosphere?

  • Does your forest reflect the past, the present, or the future?

  • How does your forest make you feel?


  • Paper and/or popsicle sticks
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads


Option 1: Use the ink stamps on a strip of paper.

Option 2: Tape together wooden craft sticks to mimic the plywood boards Lam Tung Pang used, and create your forest on the other side.