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Winter Party: By Utagawa Toyoharu
Getting Started

Japanese art — beautiful but mysterious? Demystify some examples of Japanese painting and help your students better understand and appreciate the culture that produced them with this issue of Art to Zoo. The lessons have been adapted from materials developed by the education department of the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,  the two national museums of Asian art. After learning how to look at paintings, your students can make paper screens that resemble Japanese screens. But first, the following information about the country can help you place the art lessons within a larger social studies unit on Japan.
Required Materials

Lesson Plan 1(pdf)

Lesson Plan 2 (pdf)

Lesson Plan 3 (pdf)
Mount Fuji: By Katsushika Hokusai

Mount Fuji

By Katsushika Hokusai
Ukiyo-e school, Edo period, seventeenth century
Ink and color on silk
Freer Gallery of Art accession number 98.110
32.6 x 51.0 cm (14 1/4 x 20 1/16")

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