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Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heros

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Guadalupe Moreno
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Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heros

The documentary Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes focuses on a Canadian craftsman and an American designer with a father and son generation gap who collaborate to revive the ancient Japanese woodcut, Ukiyo-e, using pop-culture icons. This documentary is a great film to show students because it demonstrates a variety of trades within Japan, the art-making process of traditional Japanese art and contemporary graphic design, the determination necessary to thrive, and the multiple career possibilities one can have within the artworld. 

Focusing on the generation gap, it can become relevant to the concepts being used to create the Ukiyo-e. Most importantly, the collaboration shows how well traditional artworks can work well with contemporary art. This is a concept I try to teach my students in my cultural art course. Appreciation of cultural art is important for students to learn before college. 

I would use this documentary to inspire my students create their own Ukiyo-e prints. The fact that it focuses on the process the artist goes through such as sketching, improvements, references, and more only shows students what they learn in my course can and is applied to real 21st century applications. 


Katharine Davis
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Ukiyo-e Heroes

I had no idea there was a film! Thank you so much for sharing!

I recently bought three of these prints for my brother, as we both share a love for Japanese art/style and video games! Have you checked out their website? They have amazing stuff! I want to decorate my classroom with so many of their prints. I think my students would LOVE it!