Class Apps: Japanese Art

There are currently five video presentations available under this category:


Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation? Cultural appropriation has made headlines in recent years as icons of pop culture have adopted aspects of traditional cultures of various ethnic and national groups for their performances and publicity. Based on her work as an art historian and art history instructor, Melanie King provides an introduction to the complex issue of cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation, offering contemporary cases and considering the issues as they relate to teaching about culture generally, and Japanese and other cultures, specifically.

Learning to “Read” Japanese Paintings: A Social Studies Perspective. One of several complementary Class Apps considering techniques for using visual art in the secondary curriculum, University of Washington NCTA director Mary Bernson introduces several questioning techniques before providing historical background information on the famous artist Sesshu Toyo. This Class App is designed to empower social studies teachers to explore artwork with their students in ways that respond to social studies skills and themes.

Learning To “Read” Japanese Paintings: An Art Historian’s Perspective. This is the first in a series of Class Apps that model ways of “reading” artwork from the perspectives of multiple courses and disciplines—art history, history, and literature. Art historian Carla Stansifer offers questions and strategies designed to guide students through a systematic study and analysis of a classic work of Japanese ink painting, “Winter Landscape,” by Sesshu Toyo. Stansifer introduces concepts and terminology that form the basis of analysis from the discipline of art history while also providing background on Japanese ink painting and its techniques, tools, and subject matter.

Learning to “Read” Japanese Paintings: Using Art as an Entry Point for Japanese Literature. High school literature teacher and NCTA alumna Sarah Campbell presents one in our series on Asian art in the classroom. Sarah shares strategies for using the piece “Winter Landscape” in an anticipatory activity for a unit on Japanese Buddhist stories. She then offers lesson plans and resources she has developed and used for teaching several medieval and contemporary Japanese stories with Buddhist themes.

 Teaching with the MIT “Visualizing Cultures” Collection. The “Visualizing Cultures” project offers an amazing collection of visual resources for teaching Japanese and Chinese history. Award–winning classroom teacher Meredith Changeux shares lessons and strategies for using the materials with secondary students.