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Hamada Shoji (Japanese, 1894–1978). Bowl, ca. 1950. Stoneware with clear and iron glazes, Height: 3 in. Diameter: 8 1/2 in. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. Richard H. Webber. 57.118

Lessons From Asian Art: Cultural Diplomacy Through Ceramics

Through a variety of classroom and museum experiences, high school students will be able to explain how ceramic forms can provide examples of both continuity and change between regions and how the trade of ceramic products between cultures can create a positive impact on both economic and diplomatic fronts.
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Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon

The Impact of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington

Using Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, students will explore the life stories of these figures to deepen their understanding of the importance of individual political and social contributions during the American Revolutionary period.
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The Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington

Perceptions of the Founding Generation

Students will use the Houdon exhibit to analyze different ways Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were perceived in the face of many challenges and conflicts during the American Revolutionary period.
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Dr. Franklin Crowned by Liberty

Core Democratic Values, Past and Present

Through the use of Core Democratic Values (CDV) and the Houdon exhibition materials, students will explore the ways in which ideals promoted by the founding generation connect to the present.
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"Shiva and Parvati with Female Devotee," 19th century, Unknown, Indian. Detroit Institute of Arts.

World Religions: Shaping the Development of Societies

This graphic organizer helps students use their observations of artful objects as clues in uncovering how religion and philosophy have shaped the development of societies.
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