This online gallery is designed to accompany the MFA's Highlights of the Art of Asia tour. Using this gallery, students will explore a selection of works in order to discover how this art reflected the history, cultures, and religions in Asia at the time it was created.
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.
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
Using this Resource:
· Social studies teachers and students will be interested in observing and discussing how the art presented in this gallery reflects the history, religions and cultures in Asia at the time.
· Visual art teachers and students can discuss the styles, mediums, and images used in Asian art.
For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available 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 Asia.