Learning from Asian Art: Japan

"This kit features ten objects in the Museum’s Japanese collection. Works of art from a variety of mediums and eras have been chosen, fro a 4000-year-old ceramic Jomon Jar to a nineteenth-century woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai." (text taken from philamuseum.org)
This kit features ten objects in the Museum’s Japanese collection. Works of art from a variety of mediums and eras have been chosen, from a 4000-year-old ceramic J?mon Jar to a nineteenth-century woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai. This kit includes the following works of art: * J?mon Jar, 2500?1500 B.C. (ceramic) * Amida Buddha, late thirteenth century (sculpture) * Calligraphy of a Poem, early seventeenth century, by Hon’ami K?etsu (hanging scroll) * Hand Drum, seventeenth century * Courtier on Horseback, seventeenth century (painting sliding doors) * Tea Storage Jar, c. 1700 (porcelain) * Recumbent Bull, c. 1755, by Soga Sh?haku (ink painting) * Pilgrims at Kirifuri Waterfall on Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province, c. 1831?32, by Katsushika Hokusai (color woodcut) * Fireman?s Coat, nineteenth century * Ceremonial Teahouse Sunkaraku, c. 1917, designed by ?gi Rod? * Video: Sunkaraku: The Japanese Teahouse at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Available for Purchase Online online as well as in person at the Museum Store. Item # 101061 Cost: $39.95
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Learning from Asian Art: Japan

Field of Interest/Specialty: ESL
Posted On: 04/12/2016

The curriculum unit from the Philadelphia Museum of Art focuses on several different types of art, such as the Jomon Jar, Amida Buddha, Calligraphy of a Poem, Hand Drum, Courtier on Horseback, Tea Jar, Recumbent Bull, and more. The descriptions are simple and the recommended culminating art projects are appropriate. The use of this curriculum in an elementary or middle school art class or between an art class and a language arts, social studies, or humanities class would be ideal. Each type of art piece comes with a full page color picture, slide, explanation about the art piece in print and on the DVD.
In addition to the connection between the pictures of art and the art project recommendations, the booklet also provides historical context for the art pieces, including information about religion and cultural practices that are directly tied to certain genres of art. Using art to teach the history of a country is an excellent way to help students understand more about the culture.
If students were reading a book like A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park or another novel that focused on the apprenticeship model and/or the dedication to a type of artwork like pottery, I could see a curriculum unit like this one being used to help students understand the craftsmanship that goes into that genre of art.

Learning from Asian Art-Japan

Field of Interest/Specialty: Early Childhood Education
Posted On: 12/29/2014

Lauren Fawcett
6th Grade Math and Science
Founders’ Hall Middle School, McKeesport Area School District
Learning from Asian Art
The Japan unit from the Philadelphia Museum of Art was well thought out and well written. It is short and to the point, so the students will not become bored with too much of the same information. This unit is appropriate for third grade and up.
The unit on Japan discusses about Jomon Jars, archaeology, Buddha, calligraphy, hand drums, interior designs, hanging scrolls, tea jars, etc. It encompasses a lot of Japan’s culture into one video. The curriculum has a VHS and a DVD that comes with it. I would show clips of the film to the students to further explain how tea ceremonies work and such. I would want to know why Japanese people value and still do certain things today because the students should understand and know why things are the way they are.
I would like to have culture weeks where I would teach about a specific culture and this unit would greatly enhance my lessons. The film could be updated so it can intrigue the students better, but it does do the job. I would make a unit focusing on Japan and the students can physically do calligraphy, pottery, and tea ceremonies throughout the week.
In conclusion, I recommend this unit on Japan and I believe you can do many activities with it with many grade levels.