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Smithsonian Associates

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Website for the Smithsonian Associates, a cultural, educational, and membership division of the Smithsonian Institution, recognized as the largest and most esteemed museum-based continuing education program in the nation. Register for lectures, performances, studio arts, museum sleepovers, and more. Registration and fee required for most programs.

The Ways of Living, Ways of Giving Teaching Poster

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Teaching poster featuring the Kwakwakaユ_ᆱwakw people of British Columbia, Canada. Includes lessons and activities about different value systems. Examines Kwakwaka'wakw traditions, such as the potlatch, which express concepts of wealth, values of giving, and the importance of cultural continuity.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Japan: Images of a People

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Lesson plans bring Japanese and American art into comparison, illuminating the cultural heritage of Japan. Students create Japanese painted screens.

Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection

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Website showing a number of Japanese prints known as ukiyo-e or pictures from the floating world. Kabuki actors play a starring role in the collection, whose costumes and art are captured on woodblock prints which sold very well in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries

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Online exhibit describing the age of discovery and highlighting Portuguese conquests and trade agreements on the Indian Ocean and in Africa, China, Japan, and Brazil. The Portuguese voyages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to the first real interaction amongst the world's peoples, creating an unprecedented interchange of knowledge, techniques, imagery, and ideas which inspired the creation of great works of art.

Designing the Small Farm of the Future

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Teacher-created lesson in which students consider means of 'sustainable farming.' Complements social studies lessons on the role of agriculture in the development of civilizations through history.

Chinese Arts of the Brush

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Gallery guide discussing the arts of painting and calligraphy in China - their origins, connection, materials, aesthetics, and artistic philosophy. Includes suggested resources.

East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art

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Online exhibit looking at the cultivation and artistic representation of Gardens in East Asia with a focus on China and Japan. Shows the design elements that went into the gardens as well as examples, history, and significance of gardens as portrayed in Chinese and Japanese painting.

Gallery Guide: Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires

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Website discusses how the silk road fostered a global transfer of goods and culture. Focused on the luxury items that made their way along the trade routes, such as objects made of silver or gold. Images from selected objects in the galleries are included.

Style and Status Teacher' Guide

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'Asian Art Connections' teacher's guide related to the online exhibit, Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Includes an introduction, classroom activity, and featured objects looking at the social contexts of clothing in Ottoman Turkey.

Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur

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Online exhibit featuring newly discovered Indian paintings from the royal court collection of Marwar-Jodhpur. These paintings reveal the kingdom's engagement with the changing political landscapes of early modern India. View selected artworks and listen to the audio guide by curator Deborah Diamond.

Gallery Guide: Royal Riches

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Gallery guide discussing art and culture in the Ancient Near East, the region from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to present-day Afghanistan. Includes a history of Near Eastern art and additional resources.

Indian Music and the Sitar

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Lessons in which students 'internalize' traditional Indian music by taking part in it. They listen to it, dance to it, and even play sitar music and ragas.

Hokusai

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Online exhibit that includes works from throughout the career of the famous Japanese printmaker and draftsman, Hokusai. Includes information on his composition, technique, and subjects. Also has a bibliography.

The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India

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Online exhibit featuring bronze sculptures from the South Indian Chola dynasty, which ruled from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries. Includes video narration on bronze casting process, description of the religious figures often turned into bronze statues, background on the religious ceremonies and festivals which use bronze statues, and history of the Chola dynasty.

Caliphs & Kings: Art and Influence of Islamic Spain

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Online exhibit displaying the culture and artwork of Spain during the 8th to 15th centuries, when it was under Islamic control. Includes close-up views and detailed descriptions of selected objects .

Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History

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Online exhibit featuring contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto discussing how his artwork reflects ancient art in an interview and written description. He muses on contemporary and ancient art, the nature of history, and Japanese religious history.

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

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Online exhibit of twenty collages by this African American artist. Homer's "Odyssey" is recast with black characters. Includes free educational apps.

Faith and Form: Selected Caligraphy and Painting From Japanese Religious Traditions

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Collectors discuss the religious meaning behind Japanese sculpture, calligraphy, and painting in this interactive. Includes audio interviews as well as a printable essay

Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade

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Online exhibit about the little known cultural traditions of 'caravan kingdoms' whose fortune rose and fell with demand for their goods. The focus is on ancient Yemen, whose incense trade led to vast wealth. Objects of religion and culture are shown with relevant background.

Gallery Guide: Understanding South Asian Art

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Website presenting the basics for understanding the art of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Includes sculpture and paintings from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Asian Games: The Art of Contest

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Interactive website on Asian games, their histories, and cultural contexts. Also notes connections between Asian games and American games today.

China History Timeline

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Interactive timeline introduces Chinese history through art from the Neolithic period to the end of the imperial age (1911). Provides a short description of each major period of Chinese history.
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