Make your own Dance Mandala
Ancient China: Design Your Own Bronze Vessel
If you were to design a bronze vessel for a friend who has done something important for you, what shape would you make it? How would you decorate it? Would you use designs like the ones on the bronze vessels in the museum? What would you inscribe on it?
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.
Public Art and Civic Participation
Objective: Students will consider how public art promotes civic participation and social commentary by 1) researching Bay Area public art and completing research assignments or, 2) submitting grant proposals for hypothetical public art.
The Dichotomy Between Fine Art and Crafts
Objective: Students will explore the dichotomy between craft and fine art while investigating Ruth Asawa’s sculpture work and identity.
Design a Calligraphic Plate
Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.
East Asian Art Traditions and Bernice Bing
Objective: Students will be exposed to East Asian art traditions through the lens of a contemporary Chinese American artist, Bernice Bing.
Peaceful and Wrathful Deities
The vast Tibetan pantheon includes numerous peaceful and wrathful deities, who guide and protect believers on their paths to enlightenment. Among the images of peaceful deities are those of buddhas and bodhisattvas, great teachers, and high monks. Wrathful deities, such as the guardian deities, use their power to protect Buddhism and to destroy the three major obstacles to enlightenment: anger, greed, and ignorance.
Arts of the Islamic World
Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than five hundred years, and in some parts for more than a thousand. Today, far more Muslims live in other parts of Asia than in the Arab areas of Asia such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.