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The Asian Art Digital Teaching Project: Japan
Columbia University, Media Center for Art History
A module for "classroom presentation or student study" of two important scrolls from the Kamakura Period – Illustrated Legends of the Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenjin Engi) and Illustrated Sutra of the Miracles of Kannon.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.learn.columbia.edu/nehasian/html/neh_geo_con_japan.html
Brushstrokes: Styles and Techniques of Chinese Painting [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"Brushpainting, which includes calligraphy, landscapes, scrolls and fans, has been a major art form throughout Chinese history. This packet explores the history, development and significance of brushpainting in Chinese art. Includes discussion of painting and calligraphy techniques, and a comparison of painting styles."

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/09/Brushstrokes....
Chinese Handscrolls
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An overview of the Chinese handscroll format: "A significant difference between Eastern and Western painting lies in the format. Unlike Western paintings, which are hung on walls and continuously visible to the eye, most Chinese paintings are not meant to be on constant view but are brought out to be seen only from time to time. This occasional viewing has everything to do with format." With images of 18 paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chhs/hd_chhs.htm
Chinese Painted Scroll – Video Exploration in 3-D
The British Museum
Explore a beautiful Chinese scroll through this immersive video! The painting depicts the forest near Mount Baiyue (now Mount Qiyun) in Anhui province in the east of China. The composition unfolds layer upon layer through multiple perspectives, and was made in 1623 by Chinese artist Xiang Shengmo.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWsqLc3-0cs
Create Your Own Hanging Scroll and Name Seal
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Create your own hanging scroll and name seal. Downloads include a lesson plan, a slideshow of scroll examples, and a student handout.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/create-your-own-hanging-scroll-and-nam...
East Asian Scroll Paintings
Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago
Handscroll paintings, painted horizontally on pieces of silk or sheets of paper and mounted as scrolls, are a major type of traditional East Asian painting, distinctive in their format and method of viewing. Their creation is based on special principles that differ from those of painting single-framed pictures as they are continuous pictures that progress in space and time…Because of the rare and fragile nature of these paintings, however, they are rarely shown. They cannot be handled by the public or exposed to light for extended periods in exhibitions. Therefore our center created this interactive site to simulate the experience of viewing handscrolls in ways that published photographs in books and projected slides cannot and to make them more widely accessible for teaching and research.

Go to Museum Resource: https://scrolls.uchicago.edu/
Explore a Japanese Handscroll: The Art of Hon'ami Kōetsu (Edo Period, early 1600s)
Princeton University Art Museum
An excellent interactive website for exploring an Edo period handscroll by Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558-1637). "In this handscroll Kōetsu transcribed ten verses from the poetry anthology Shinkokin wakashū on sheets of colored paper that are decorated on the front and back with woodblock-printed mica designs." After exploring the scroll the user can write his/her own poem (by selecting from a set of phrases) and then see this poem "written" on his/her own handscroll in the style of Kōetsu.

Go to Museum Resource: https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/asian-art/japan/viewers/poem-scroll-viewer/
Exploring Chinese Painting: A Test Module for Undergraduate Teaching
Columbia University, Media Center for Art History
A workspace allowing students to view and compare a group of important Chinese hand scrolls and hanging scrolls from the 10th to the 17th centuries. Uses Flash.

Go to Museum Resource: http://projects.mcah.columbia.edu/nehasian/zoomify/scrolls/swf/start.html
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