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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.

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

Activity

Design a Calligraphic Plate

Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.

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

Lesson

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.

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

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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.

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

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

Ancient Temples of Nara, Japan

Explore Nara’s ancient Buddhist art and architecture.

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

Activity

Design an Auspicious Hairpin

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

Lesson

Children's Pride

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

Video

From State to Empire

An animated map and timeline overview of the rise of the First Emperor and the expansion of the state of Qin in ancient China.

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

Video

Mapping Chinese Dynastic History and art from 960 to Present

Note: This video does not include audio.
The exhibition, “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei” at the Asian Art Museum (from 6/17-9/18/16) focuses on Chinese imperial taste over more than 1,000 years, during which Chinese political borders changed dramatically. This video highlights some of those changes.

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