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Art in Japan and Korea


Presented by - Tara Corral

Rationale - In third grade students are learning about how creating artwork affects the artists and the viewer. In Visual Art Class their projects have been focused on identifying the difference between their message and the one interpreted by others. Projects have ranged from describing themselves, abstract reflection drawings, and learning about other cultures. 

Curriculum - East Asian Art 

  1. Lesson - Minhwa Art 

  2. Lesson - Ukiyo-e Art 

  3. Gallery Walk

Grade - 3rd Grade

Time - 3 Class Periods 

Materials - 

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Eraser

  • Watercolor 

  • Black Marker

  • Crayon

Background Information - In the past semester we have learned about how abstract artwork is affected by their own personal interest, artwork that represents our fears and then we moved into learning about Dia De Los Muertos. To provide students with a wide range of artists and artwork they will now move into learning about East Asia Artwork and how the art from East Asia affects people’s lives. 

Content Standards - 

3. VA: Presenting 6 - Investigate and explain how and where different cultures record and illustrate stories and history of life through art.

3. VA: Responding 7.2 - Determine messages communicated by an image.

3. VA: Responding 9 - Evaluate an artwork based on given criteria.

3.VA: Connecting 11 - Recognize that responses to art change depending on knowledge of the time and place in which it was made.

Learning Objectives - 

Students will learn about other cultures

Students will learn how to read artwork and the message being conveyed. 

Students will evaluate their artwork on a specific criteria, a grading scale of 1- 4

 Students will learn that an artworks message may change based on the viewer, time and place. 

Lesson 1 Vocabulary :

Minhwa - Minhwa refers to Korean folk art produced mostly by itinerant or unknown artists without formal training, emulating contemporary trends in fine art for the purpose of everyday use or decoration. “Painting of the People”

Lesson 2 Vocabulary: 

Ukiyo-e - genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna

Amabie - is a legendary Japanese mermaid or merman with three legs, who allegedly emerges from the sea and prophesies either an abundant harvest or an epidemic

Yokai - are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons from Japanese folklore. 

Timeline -

Lesson 1 - Minhwa Drawing 

(Can be extended for 2 day lesson to complete coloring) 

Introduction - For this assignment students will begin by looking at a class powerpoint where we learn about Minhwa artwork, our standards and then some examples of their assignment. 

Synchronous Work - At this stage Students will folder their paper into 4 to resemble a folding screen door. Students will need to put a draw in 4 sections. Each drawing will be of an animal native to california and a plant as well. 

Asynchronous Work - Students have received instruction and will work independently and continue working on the assignment. 

Lesson 2 - Ukiyo-e Art 

(Can be extended for 2 day lesson to complete coloring)

  • Upon Returning to Class students can create their Ukiyo-e art by doing a print using scratch board. 

Introduction - For this assignment students will begin by looking at a class powerpoint where we learn about Minhwa artwork, our standards, and then some examples of their assignment. Specifically we are looking at Ukiyo-e prints of Yokai and Japan’s Shamanism culture. They will be recreating an Amabie which was meant to ward off epidemics. 

Synchronous Work - Students will work with myself in a follow along drawing. We will create a large drawing of the Amabie and students will decorate in their own way. 

Asynchronous Work - Finish Coloring 

Lesson 3 - Critique/ Reflection 

Introduction - Students will need their drawings and a piece of paper. We will review the grading rubric and self assign a grade. 

Asynchronous Work - We will take a moment to have students respond on Schoology with some reflection questions about the two cultures they learned about and their artwork. 

Students will then compare the two styles and reflect on the historical aspect that brought around the two styles. Are they similar or different. 

Synchronous Work - We will continue class by having students share their artwork and their own opinions about the assignment. Students can also grade each other for an opportunity to receive a better grade. 

Reflection Questions - 

  1. What are the Vocabulary words? Please explain them? 

  2. What did we learn about? 

  3. How do you feel about what we learned? 

  4. Can you explain the 2 art styles and their similarities/differences?