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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

December 3rd: 12th Class

This lesson is designed to accompany the MFA's Highlights of the Art of Asia tour, which offers an overview of art of India, the Islamic world, China, Korea, and Japan. The collection includes Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic art, as well as a range of secular objects from as far back as the thirteenth century BCE to the present day. Students will look closely at a selection of sculpture, paintings, ceramics, screens, and other decorative arts and artifacts to learn how artists use the elements of art to create meaning and how art reflects the time, culture and religions in which it is made.

Learning Goals:

In exploring this lesson, students will:

· Discover how artistic style and subject matter evolved in Asia over three thousand years, from the 13th century BCE to the present day

· Understand how this artistic style evolved geographically through the spread of trade and religions

· Consider how artists were shaped by the political, social, religious, and economic climate of that time period

This discovery will require students to:

· Look closely at the art and make observations

· Express their ideas

· Support their ideas by grounding them in a work of art

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