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Scene from "The Tale of Genji": from the chapter "The Maiden", between 1650 and 1700

Lessons from Asian Art: Material World

Through a variety of classroom and museum experiences, middle school students will apply their scientific inquiry skills to investigate different artistic mediums in order to discover how artists have applied various tools and technology in the transformation of raw materials into works of art. 
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"Mountain and River Landscape," 1711, Wang Yuanqi, Chinese; Ink and watercolor on paper.

Lessons from Asian Art: A Taste for the Three Perfections

Through classroom and museum experiences, middle school students will be able to describe the ways in which East Asian painting and calligraphy in various formats have evolved as records of time and conveyors of cultural values.
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“Early Autumn,” late 1200s–1300s, signed Qian Xuan, Ink and watercolor on paper. Detroit Institute of Arts

The Seasons in Bloom

Through classroom and museum experiences, elementary students will be able to accurately identify and describe various plants related to the four seasons as represented in a variety of East Asian art. 
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"On Anchor bay, Lake St. Clair, Michigan," 2010, Jeff Gaydash, American. Collection of the artist.

Looking at Michigan’s Great Lakes

Students build map-reading skills and explore themes of geography and the environment by using a special collection of Great Lakes photographs by Jeff Gaydash.
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ancient sculptures

Past Objects, Present Culture

Using the five themes of geography to guide their inquiry, students will explore objects from ancient civilizations to understand how human culture has evolved and how those advances affect our lives today.

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