This lesson is designed to accompany the MFA's Art of Japan guided tour, which provides an overview of the arts of Japan.
Abstract: This lesson is designed to accompany the MFA's Art of Japan guided tour, which provides an overview of the arts of Japan.
Description: Students will explore artwork presented thematically: Art of the Temple, Art of the Ruling Class, Art of the Town, Japan and the Outside World. They may see examples of Buddhist sculpture, screens and scrolls, textiles and woodblock prints as well as contemporary objects.
Learning Goals: Through this lesson, students will discover/understand:
- How the expression of Japanese Buddhist faith is represented in art
- That the patronage of the arts reinforced the legitimacy of the ruling class
- That the urban culture of the 17th – 18th centuries gave rise to new art forms reflecting bourgeois tastes
- The cross-cultural influences between Japan and the outside world
- Students will be introduced to and practice the skills of: Close looking and observation, expressing their idea, and supporting their ideas by grounding them in a work of art.
Using this Resource: This lesson is recommended for students studying the history and culture of Japan. For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs availible under Related Resources. The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the art of Japan.