After the holiday season is over and we start a new year, our artists focus on another New Year... The Chinese New Year! It’s a wonderful way to introduce Asian / Eastern Art and also start making connections to art history.
In grades K-2 we learn about the customs of the Chinese New Year and also learn about the Chinese Zodiac. 2019 is the year of the Pig . All grade levels love learning what the animal was on the year they were born.
The Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade the students learn about different types of Asian art starting with the sculpture dating back to 150 AD. After looking at many different types of Asian art, we discuss the importance of nature in Asian art. We look at calligraphy as an art form, explore scroll paintings, and also the wood block prints of Hokusai. After the class has learned about the history of Eastern art, they dive right into Asian inspired multi-medium art projects.