ERIC Number: ED332925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Yani: The Brush of Innocence. Teacher's Activity Packet, Grades One through Five.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
This document presents a teaching package designed to introduce students in grades one through five to Chinese painting methods and equipment. Prepared in conjunction with an exhibition of paintings by child prodigy Wang Yani titled "The Brush of Innocence," the package consists of a teacher's activity plan unit, a slide set of art works by Wang Yani, an activity book for children, and a teacher evaluation form. The package is organized into five sections: (1) an introduction to the artist Wang Yani; (2) slides and discussion material about Wang Yani's paintings and the four treasures of the Chinese artist's studio (the inkstand, the inkstone, brush, and paper); (3) activities of students; (4) background information about Chinese painting for teachers; and (5) a list of places that sell Chinese painting materials. All but one of the slides presents works by Wang Yani who painted them between the ages of five and eleven years old. Classroom activities are organized into two sections: the four treasures of the scholar's studio; and painting and poetry. A variety of accessories common to the scholar's table also are described: water droppers, inkstick stands, paperweights, brush rests, brush washers, and chops that are carved name seals. Art activities for students include writing with a Chinese brush, identifying a student's four treasures, discussion and activities about the three major genres of Chinese painting, making a clay mountain brush rest, making a personal seal, and designing a handscroll. (KM)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Artists, Childrens Art, Chinese Culture, Creative Activities, Cultural Activities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Manuscript Writing (Handlettering), Painting (Visual Arts), Poetry
Education Department, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 (includes slide set).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.