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Taoism and the Arts of China
The Art Institute of Chicago
An excellent website for teaching about Taoism. Covers the following three themes: 1) Taoist Tradition (discusses Laozi, Taoist cosmology, and the sacred immortals); 2) Taoist Church (discusses religious Taoism, ritual, and the Taoist pantheon); 3) Taoist Renaissance (discusses popular religion, divine manifestations of yin, and inner alchemy). Also features more than 25 works of art, related diagrams, a map, timeline, glossary, bibliography, and six lesson plans for the middle- and secondary-school levels.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artic.edu/taoism/menu.php
Taoist Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The Taoist philosophy is indigenous to China. Formed in the late Bronze Age, it has a history of over two thousand years and it exercised a deep and lasting influence on Chinese painting, calligraphy, poetry, medicine, political theory and personal conduct." Brief introductory text and 14 artworks from the MIA collection, most with descriptions. Also, a featured collection of paintings depicting the Three Purities -- "the supreme deities of orthodox religious Taoism."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-taoist-art.cfm
Asian Odyssey Lesson Plans: Daoism and Confucianism
The Cleveland Museum of Art
28 lesson plans related to Daoism and Confucianism. Lesson plans are in .pdf format, and all use images from the Cleveland Museum's collection of Asian art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://69.20.61.107/educef/asianodyssey/html/DaoConf.html
Attitudes Towards Nature in Daoist Art
Asia Society
Lesson plan that helps students understand the difference between how many Westerners view nature versus how many Chinese (particularly Daoists and the literati) felt about the natural world around them. Uses Chinese poems and landscape paintings as primary sources.

Go to Museum Resource: http://asiasociety.org/education-learning/resources-schools/elementary-lesson-p...
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
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