Educators: Mini-Lessons

Here at the Freer|Sackler, we hope to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia and the cultures that produced them. We use works of art to inspire study and provoke thought. These resources are compiled by our Education Department for teachers, students, and anyone looking to learn more about our collection. For more information, please contact asiateachers @ si.edu.
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Look at these two tea bowls from 19th-century Japan. What stands out? How are they different or similar? What can you tell about these vessels by how they look? Do you think the experience of drinking tea would vary depending on which tea bowl you used? Top: F1895.1 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1895.1 Bottom: F1900.15 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1900.15 #FSMiniLesson

Look at these two tea bowls from Japan. What stands out?

Want to learn more about Buddhism? Check out our Teacher's Guide to the Art of Buddhism: http://www.asia.si.edu/explore/teacherResources/ArtofBuddhism1.pdf S2014.20 #FSIntroToBuddhism

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

How many different animals can you find in this detail from a 19th-century Indian painting in our collection? See the full image at http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1907.624 F1907.624  #FSMiniLesson

How many different animals can you find in this detail from a 19th-century Indian painting in our collection? See the full image at http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1907.624 F1907.624 #FSMiniLesson

With the incorporation of the Buddha’s human image into art, sculptors began to depict legends surrounding the Buddha. These legends and historical events were turned into a clear story line that usually centers on the main events in the Buddha’s life, the Four Great Miracles, which were frequently depicted on relief panels such as this. Here we see his birth, enlightenment, sermon, and nirvana. http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1949.9a-d F1949.9a-d #FSIntroToBuddhism

With the incorporation of the Buddha’s human image into art, sculptors began to depict legends surrounding the Buddha. These legends and historical events were turned into a clear story line that usually centers on the main events in the Buddha’s life, the Four Great Miracles, which were frequently depicted on relief panels such as this. Here we see his birth, enlightenment, sermon, and nirvana. http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1949.9a-d F1949.9a-d #FSIntroToBuddhism

Look at this painting on silk by Utagawa Toyoharu (1735–1814), titled “A Winter Party.” What is happening in this image? How do we know it is winter? Create a narrative for the scene. See http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=F1900.113 for information on this artwork, and http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1900.113 for detailed images. F1900.113 #FSMiniLesson

Painting of a three Japanese woman entertaining two Japanese men, A Winter Party Utagawa Toyoharu, – late century

Characteristic signs of the Buddha’s superhuman perfection include the tightly curled hair covering his ushnisha (bump on the top of his head, symbolizing his immense knowledge). The dot in the middle of his forehead, an urna, indicates his understanding of all things. His long earlobes caused by the heavy earrings he wore when he was a prince refer to his rejection of his earthly wealth.  http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_S1989.19 S1989.19 #FSIntroToBuddhism

centuriespast: “ Head of Buddha Schist. Pakistan or Afghanistan century Kushan dynasty Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M.

Explore our Cosmic Buddha to learn more about Buddhism and the past lives of the Buddha. With our 3D scan, you can take tours of the object, edit the image, and do much more. http://www.3d.si.edu/explorer?mid=44 F1923.15 #FSIntroToBuddhism

An ancient statue of Chinese monk covered with illustrations revealed ancient Buddhist teachings on digital scan.

The 1917 self-portrait of Kohno Michisei in our collection was modeled after Albrecht Durer's 1500 self-portrait (bottom). Look at the colors, shapes, and lines of the two portraits. How are they similar? What are the artists trying to convey with their portraits? Top: S1998.115 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=S1998.115 Bottom: http://www.pinakothek.de/en/albrecht-duerer/self-portrait-fur-trimmed-robe #FSMiniLesson

The 1917 self-portrait of Kohno Michisei in our collection was modeled after Albrecht Durer's 1500 self-portrait (bottom). Look at the colors, shapes, and lines of the two portraits. How are they similar? What are the artists trying to convey with their portraits? Top: S1998.115 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=S1998.115 Bottom: http://www.pinakothek.de/en/albrecht-duerer/self-portrait-fur-trimmed-robe #FSMiniLesson

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