A<br />Balanced DietArt History / Art Studio<br />Semester Topics: <br />Oil-painting Materials, Styles, and Techniques<br />Traditional Chinese and Japanese Art<br />
Course Goals<br />Initial<br /><ul><li>To learn to oil paint by mimicking styles and techniques of the masters
To Teach myself about Asian art history, movements, differences between Eastern and Western art</li></ul>Revised/Refined<br /><ul><li>To create Renaissance-, Impressionist-, and Abstract Expressionist-inspired paintings
To create a unit on traditional Chinese and Japanese art for 4th graders</li></li></ul><li>Essential Questions<br />What are the necessary materials and processes involved in making an effective oil painting?<br />What are the major interests and concerns of the artists of traditional Chinese and Japanese art?<br />What are some engaging activities I can use to teach children about traditional Chinese and Japanese art?<br />
Products<br />Unit on Traditional Chinese and Japanese Art<br /><ul><li>5 lessons
Smoothest brushstrokes I can manage</li></li></ul><li>Top Resources<br />Cohen, W. I. (1992). East Asian art and American culture: a study in international relations. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.<br />Holcombe, J. C. (ed.) (2006). Oil painting techniques. Retrieved from http://www.oil-painting-techniques.com/index.html<br />
Enduring Understandings<br /><ul><li>No matter how much you read, oil painting requires practice and patience!
A dry brush, oil, and turpentine are important to a successful and enjoyable painting experience.
Art has served as a tool of diplomacy on more than one occasion.
WWII increased American interest in Japanese art rather than diminishing it.
Traditional Chinese and Japanese artists value line quality above things like composition (highly valued in the West) because of their high regard for exceptional calligraphy.
Chinese and Japanese artists created work for a variety of reasons, but it often is elongated in appearance, has flattened space, is shown from an aerial perspective, depicts natural subject matter, and is done in ink or watercolors.</li></li></ul><li>Questions for Further Study<br /><ul><li>What are the differences between Chinese and Japanese art?
What are the names and characteristics of the different time periods in Chinese and Japanese art history?
How do I really paint a picture? (Am I doing it “right?”)