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Animals in Art

Symbol of Dragons and Tigers in Art

This lesson plan looks at the dragon and the tiger, symbols of power, are portrayed in the art of China and Japan. Students will compare and contrast Eastern and Western conceptions and portrayals of the dragon.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Animals in Japan

This lesson uses student’s love of animals to connect with Japanese culture through the examination of animal symbolism. By connecting Japan and the United States through animal populations, students compare animals in the two countries. Students also learn about migration and the types of animals that migrate in the winter in the United States and connect them to like animals in Japan.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Learning from Asian Art: Japan

Introduce students to Japanese art and culture as they explore works in the Philadelphia Art Museum’s collection. Each art image is accompanied by background information, a set of looking questions, and related classroom activity suggestions that students can use individually, in small groups, or as a whole class.

Provided by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Journey to Japan

From simple, Zen-like tea bowls to ornate lacquer boxes the objects in this presentation illustrate Japanese aesthetics and demonstrate both ways of making art particular to Japan, and techniques pioneered elsewhere and perfected in Japan. Functional objects introduce daily life during different time periods. Connections are made between Japanese and Chinese culture and art.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

The Magic Teakettle

Listen to the Japanese story about a magical raccoon-dog, or tanuki, who uses its shape shifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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