Looking at Japanese Art


Subject: Asian Art - Manga
Grade Level: 6-8

Students will interact with a variety of Japanese paintings and prints on the Asian Art Museum’s Online Tours. Students will compare and contrast the different Japanese paintings and prints to the Manga art that the class has reviewed throughout this unit.

Know and use the critical process of the examination of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Compare and contrast
  • Analyze
  • Interpret
  • Form and test hypotheses
  • Evaluate/form judgments

B. Analyze and interpret specific characteristics of works in the arts within each art form (e.g., pentatonic scales in Korean and Indonesian music).
C. Identify and classify styles, forms, types and genre within art forms (e.g., modern dance and the ethnic dance, a ballad and a patriotic song).
D. Evaluate works in the arts and humanities using a complex vocabulary of critical response.

Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. Process data and report results.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. Understand and use technology systems.
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively.
c. Troubleshoot systems and applications.
d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Students will compare and contrast Manga art to the Japanese paintings and prints
Student will connect the influence of Japanese paintings and prints on Manga style art
Students will experience Online Art Tours

Computer with Internet access (computer lab or laptops)
Projector connected to a computer (SMARTboard if available)
Handouts: 3-2-1 Review Worksheet
Whiteboard or large chart paper
Pens or chalk
Hardcopies of Manga Art images and Japanese Painting and Print

Asian Art Museum:

Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints & Paintings from Robert O. Muller Collection

  • Using the hardcopies of the Manga Art Images, post them on the whiteboard and review the different characteristic of the art as a whole class. Explain they will act as “art critics” and will evaluate the Manga style art to Japanese paintings and prints on the Online Tour at Asian Art Museum website.
  • In the computer lab (or using the laptops), ask the students to go to the Asian Art Museum website noted on the whiteboard.
  • On a computer hooked up to the Smartboard and projector, go to the noted website and lead the whole class through the process. Making sure all students are able to connect to the site and found the “Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints & Paintings” Online Tour.
  • Demonstrate how the Online Tour operates and let students interact with the different features

  • Have the students work in a group of 2 or 3 students
  • As a group the students should choose a Japanese painting or print that they would like to compare to the Manga Art images (posted on the chalkboard)
  • Have students note, “What are the similarities? What are the differences?”
  • Students should write down their ideas. One student should record and the other student share the information with the rest of the class.

  • Bring the class back together to share their ideas.
  • Using the Smartboard, have a student from each group put up the Japanese painting or print the compared to the Manga Art Image.
  • On the side of the artwork, using the SMartboard markers, students should note the similarities on the left of the painting and differences on the right side.
  • As a whole class, lead a discussion about the discoveries each group made. Make sure each group had a turn to discuss their art images (should be 4-5 groups).
  • Towards the last 10 minutes of the class, have each student fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

  • Each student will fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet
    • 3 things you learned from this lesson (Online Tour and/or Japanese painting and prints)
    • 2 ways you think this information relates to Manga
    • 1 question you have about Japanese Art or Online Tours

  • Depending on the needs of the students this lesson can easily be done individually, with a step-by-step lesson plan.
  • This lesson plan could be adapted as whole class participation. Giving each student a turn on the computer to interact with the Online Tour
  • Teacher may need to set up all the students Voicethread accounts prior to conducting the lesson
  • Handouts and worksheets can be adapted to fit the learning needs of all students in the classroom.
  • Teacher may select the small groups to fit the needs of the students

  • If the above Online Tour at the Asian Art Museum does not work, have the students do a internet search for the paintings and prints from Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints & Paintings.
  • Students should break into small groups of 2-3
  • List the title of the Japanese art on the chalkboard or provide the students with a handout with the titles listed on it.
  • Have the students do the same with Manga Art Images listed on the chalkboard or provide of handout with Manga Art listed.
  • Have the students choose one Japanese print or painting and one Manga Art image to compare and contrast.
  • Once the students have determined the images they will compare, have the note, “What are the differences?” “What are the similarities?”
  • If the students are not fimiiar with Glogster, demonstrate how to use Glogster using the (http://www.glogster.com/)
  • The student should create a “poster” on Glogster the represent the information the observed.
  • The students should share the posters with the whole class.
  • Use 3-2-1 Review Worksheet can be used to evaluate

  • If the Internet is unavailable, use hard copies of the Manga Art Images and the Japanese paintings and prints from Asian Art Museum.
  • Have the student form into groups of 2-3 students.
  • As a group, student should select one Manga art image and one Japanese painting or print.
  • Once the students have determined the images they will compare, have the note, “What are the differences?” “What are the similarities?”
  • Once the students have assemble all the information, have the group create a PowerPoint presentation to support their evaluation of the art work.
  • Students will share their work with the whole class
  • 3-2-1 Review Worksheet can be used to evaluate