Zoomorphic Creatures in Ancient Chinese Art
What can we learn about ancient China by studying artifacts? What does the intricate detail of works of art suggest about values and beliefs in ancient China? In this Learning Lab Collection, students will study ancient Chinese works of art via Project Zero Thinking Routines. Working in groups, students will be assigned to either research ancient Chinese bronze bells or ancient Chinese bronze vessels and make inferences about ancient Chinese values and beliefs based on their research. Then, inspired by taotie, mask-like design patterns of ancient Chinese bronze objects, students will etch their own zoomorphic creatures into metal foil.
This Learning Lab Collection contains a lesson plan, images to research, Thinking Routines, design worksheet, and sample final artwork. Download the pdf Lesson Plan located in the "Teacher Materials and Lesson Plan" section first for instructions and art materials needed.
Tags: metalwork; etch; repoussé; vessels; bells; ritual; Shang; Zhou; dynasty; China; composite animalsRead More »