Featured Topic: Tea & the Tea Ceremony

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Tea: A Journey
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
An illustrated "story of tea" presented in seven chapters: 1) A Short History of Tea; 2) The Japanese Tea Ceremony; 3) Yixing Ware: The Importance of the Vessel to the Tea; 4) Banko Ware; 5) European Ware: The Introduction of Tea to Europe; 6) Worcester Ware: Japanese-Influenced Pottery; 7) Tea Today. Each chapter has extensive text and ends with a gallery of related images. The TEACHERS section includes six lesson plans (three for a visual arts and three for a social studies) and four student activities.

Go to Museum Resource: http://art.aggv.ca/tea/
Teahouse (Chashitsu)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
With introductory overview and images of this permanent architectural installation at the MIA that replicates the Sa-an, an 18th-century teahouse in the Gyokurin-in, a temple complex within the famous Zen monastery of Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. The CURATOR INTERVIEW section examines aspects of the room in greater detail. There is also a link to another installation -- an audience hall modeled after a formal 17th-century shoin (study) at the Konchi-in temple in Kyoto -- also with an image gallery and curator interview.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/architecture/japanese-teahouse.cfm
Cornell University Teahouse Project
Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
Website documenting a 2003 project by Cornell University students "to study the early development of chanoyu culture, architecture, and gardens, and to build an experimental teahouse and tea garden outside the Johnson Museum." Includes information about the cultural history of chanoyu, historical background of the soan ("rustic teahouse") and the roji ("rustic tea garden"), and photographs documenting the building process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/la694/
The New Way of Tea
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2002 exhibition about chanoyu, the Japanese way of tea. Includes good background text on the history, principles, and process of the tea ceremony, as well as images of tea rooms and utensils from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/newwayoftea/index.html
Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2003-2004 exhibition that "explores the genesis of the dramatic stylistic changes in Japanese art during the brief but brilliant Momoyama period (1573–1615), which witnessed the struggles of ambitious warlords for control of the long-splintered country and Japan’s first encounter with the West. ... Serving the last two leaders [of the period] as warrior and tea master—or cultural adviser—was Furuta Oribe (1543/44–1615), who left an indelible mark on the aesthetics of the period." Featuring related artworks with descriptions, organized by medium (genre painting on folding screens and hanging scrolls; ceramics for the tea ceremony; lacquerware; and tsujigahana textiles for garments worn by the society's elite).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={5BC229A8-FC6B-11D6-...
Arts of Edo Japan
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"This packet offers an in-depth examination of Edo period (1615–1868) Japan, focusing on the flourishing arts of the period. Art activities include creating a 3D model of a teahouse, a pilgrimage book, and seals." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
Bamboo Masterworks: Japanese Baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection
Asia Society
Online presentation of an exhibition from 1999, with 25 images and a detailed essay discussing the following topics: 1) Material: Bamboo; 2) Material to Object: Baskets; 3) Bamboo Baskets and the Tea Ceremony; 4) The Basket Makers.

Go to Museum Resource: http://asiasociety.org/arts-culture/asia-society-museum/past-exhibitions/bamboo...
Experience Chanoyu: The Japanese Art of Tea
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"This packet focuses on artworks dating from the 1400s to the 1900s that were used in a traditional Japanese tea gathering or Chanoyu. Activities focus on building literacy and knowledge about this traditional practice and the time and place from which the Way of Tea arose—Japan, under the military rule of the Shogunate." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea
Fowler Museum at UCLA
"Throughout its history tea has been a prevalent theme in the visual arts—scenes of tea embellish ceramics and textiles and are the subject of paintings and drawings, and all manner of vessels have been fashioned for the preparation and presentation of tea. Steeped in History brings together rare Chinese ceramics and paintings, 18th- and 19th-century Japanese ceramics and prints, extraordinary English and Colonial American paintings, vintage photographs and historical documents, tea-serving paraphernalia and furniture from many countries, and much more —to tell the fascinating history of tea." This curriculum guide to the exhibition includes five lessons corresponding to the five themes of the exhibition: 1) China, Cradle of Tea Culture; 2) The Way of Tea in Japan; 3) Tea Craze in the West; 4) Tea and Empire; 5) Tea—Parties and Poetry.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.international.ucla.edu/media/files/Fowler_tea_curriculum.pdf
Tao, The Way: Pathways to Asian Art at the DIA
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Includes a 40-page resource guide (Exploring Asia Through Art) for the art of China, Japan, Korea, and Cambodia, plus five lesson plans: 1) The Way of the Brush (Elementary School); 2) The Great Way of Taoism (Middle School); 3) Yin-Yang Harmony (Middle School); 4) The Way of Tea (High School); 5) The Art of Tea (High School).

Go to Museum Resource: http://edu.dia.org/tao/default.htm
Tea, Wine, and Poetry: Qing Dynasty Literati and Their Drinking Vessels
China Institute
Curriculum guide to a 2007 exhibition "document(ing) the production of Yixing tea ware during the late Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911). The pieces on display reveal the close connections between potters and the men of letters who participated in the making and decoration of these treasured ceramics."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.chinainstitute.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=709&nod...
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