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Video

Joanna Swan on India and Her Work

Artist Joanna Swan discusses India and her work during the during the PechaKucha Night at the Asian Art Museum.

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

Artwork

Hermit in landscape, approx. 1618–1652

Hermit in landscape, approx. 1618–1652, Chen Hongshou (1598-1652). China; Ming dynasty (1368–1644) or Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Hanging Scroll; ink and colors on silk. Museum purchase, B79D8.

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

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Jagannath Panda on "The Cult of Survival II"

New Delhi-based artist Jagannath Panda lives in the burgeoning city of Gurgaon, which is one of India’s major outsourcing hubs and bases of operation for global corporations. His works illustrate the city’s tensions, as overdevelopment threatens natural habitats and infrastructures collapse before they are completed. Panda’s mix of mythology and realism points to the evolving nature of Indian identity and experience today.

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

Activity

Create a Personal Murakkaalar

Students create a murakkaalar (calligraphy album) of their name and adjectives that describe their personality written in Arabic. They will make a calligraphy reed and learn to write with it. A kit’alar is a calligraphic work written on a rectangular piece of paper pasted onto a cardboard backing. Equal margins are left around the calligraphy in which the artist decorates with marbled paper (ebru) or illumination. A murrakkalar is a series of kit’alar attached together in an album that resembles an accordion.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12)

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

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), Middle School (6-8), 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), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
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