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Korean Art: Exploring Artistic Practices

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Social Studies +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

In this activity, students will explore the elements of art and principles of design used in celadon ceramics in order to understand the artistic practices and aesthetics of the Goryeo period (935-1392 CE), an era of great artistic and cultural achievement in Korea.  Many of the Goryeo celadons in the Freer|Sackler's collections originally adorned palaces, Buddhist temples, and private residences of the aristocracy.  Use this activity as an entry point into studying ceramics, Korean art, the Goryeo dynasty, and more.  Click Read More for ideas about how to prompt further inquiry using the Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine "Think / Puzzle / Explore" and resources on the elements of art and principles of design.

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Keywords: clay, pottery, sculpture, vessel, cheongja

Bowl with molded and carved design of lotus

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ewer

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bowl with molded and incised decoration of bamboo

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dish

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Oil bottle

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ewer

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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