Art Resources

Teaching Resources for East Asia Art

World Art – Chinese Art – Japanese Art – Korean Art

Online Museum Resources in Asian Art (OmuRAA)

Asia for Educators (click on ‘Art’) This resource is undergoing renewal; some links are out-of-date. The sections on Teaching Art Units and Featured Resources have many current links for classroom use.

World Art (including sections on Asia)

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History – Metropolitan Museum of Art

Heilbrunn Chronology – Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Through Time – Annenberg – Global Art

Chinese Art

Symmetry in Chinese Art (Grades 1-5) – Peabody Essex Museum

Chinese Calligraphy (Grades K-4) – Kennedy Center – Artsedge

The Way of the Brush (Grades 1-12) – DIA: Exploring Asia through Art

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy (Grades 6-12) – Asian Art Museum

Chinese Scholar’s Library and Study – Minneapolis Museum of Art

Teachers’ Guide to (Chinese) Calligraphy with study questions  – University of Washington

Move Over Mao – CNN Special

Ink Art: Past and Present in Contemporary China – Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visualizing Cultures CHINA – Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado

Modules with accompanying curriculum units:
The Rise and Fall of the Canton Trade System – Full UnitCurriculumImages Gallery
John Thompson’s China – Full Unit, Curriculum, Images Gallery

Modules with wonderful images, but no lesson plans:
China’s Modern Sketch

Video Units CHINA

How to “Read” a Chinese Scroll – Sackler-Freer/Smithsonian

Appreciating an Ancient Chinese Scroll (5 min) – New York Times/Metropolitan Museum of Art

Reading Chinese Paintings** (60 min) – Asia for Educators Columbia University                                Presentation for teachers 2010 by Maxwell K. Hearn. **Site requires sign-in; just create an account (free) and go to lecture

Web Modules CHINA

Recording the Grandeur of the Qing: The Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls of the Kangxi and Qianlong  EmperorsThis web module, featuring 4 scrolls (one of which is 72 ft long) is a visual feast for viewers of all ages and expertise. Initially composed in Flash, the module is being converted now to play on tablets and other hand held devices, allowing the viewer to scroll and zoom by hand. It will be available in the new format by August 2017.

Chinese Art during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912)
Exploring the Scrolls

Japanese Art

Japanese Art Program (Grades 3-6) – East Asia Studies Center, Indiana University                                    (multiple lessons, including making a scroll)

Life in the Floating World (Grades 9-12) – NEH – Edsitement

Teacher’s Sourcebook for Japanese Arts and Culture – Peabody Essex Museum

Japanese Aesthetics – Stanford University

Peace Education in Japan and the U.S.: Curricula for U.S. Classrooms – Five College Center for East Asian  Studies

See lessons on:
Positive Peace through Social Activism –Visual Arts (Grades 9-12)
Peace Monuments: Analysis and Design – Visual Arts  (Grade 8)

Imaging Japanese History – Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado
Multiple modules.

Visualizing Cultures JAPAN – Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado

Modules with accompanying curriculum units:
Black Ships and Samurai – Full Unit, Curriculum Unit, Image Gallery
Yokohama Boomtown – Full Unit, Curriculum Unit, Image Gallery
Throwing Off Asia – Full Unit, Curriculum Unit, Image Gallery
Yellow Promise, Yellow Peril – Full Unit, Curriculum Unit, Image Gallery

Modules with wonderful images, but no lesson plans:
Ground Zero. Pictures of Atomic Bomb Survivors
Kiyochika’s Tokyo (woodblock prints of early 20th century Tokyo)
Tokyo Modern  (woodblock prints of early 20th century Tokyo)

Video Units JAPAN

NCTA Class Apps: Japanese Art – Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado
Each of these has a link to a resource list of classroom lessons and background essays and readings at the end of each video.

Teaching with the MIT “Visualizing Cultures” Collection
Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?

The following three Class Apps are designed so that teachers of different disciplines can use the same piece of art in their own classrooms, so facilitates interdisciplinary and team teaching:

Learning to “Read” Japanese Paintings: A Social Studies Perspective
Learning to “Read” Japanese Paintings: An Art Historian’s Perspective
Learning to “Read” Japanese Paintings: Using Art as an Entry Point for Japanese Literature

Keys to Understanding the Arts of Japan (60 min) – Asia for Educators Columbia University   Presentation for teachers 2010 by Mathew McKelway  **Site requires sign-in; just create an account (free) and go to lecture

Webinars on Japanese Art – Five College Center for East Asian Studies
*Contact the FCCEAS for archived webinars on the art of Japan

Korean Art

The Arts of Korea – Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Chosen Dynasty, 1392-1910 – Minneapolis Museum of Art                                                                            Site covers art of other time periods as well.

Korean Art and Culture: A Teacher’s Sourcebook – Peabody Essex Museum

Museum Dictionary: A Young Person’s Guide to the Collections – Kyoto National Museum