Creating Scrolls Based on the illustrated TALE OF GENJI

In this multi-media art lesson, students begin by looking at a hand painted scroll dating from the Japanese Edo period (1615-1868). The scroll depicts the fascinating and classic story, THE TALE OF GENJI, a story of Japanese aristocratic life of the Heian period (794-1195). After exploring both formal and narrative elements in the scroll, students create their own hand painted scrolls using their own stories about contemporary "aristocrats." The lesson culminates with a celebration of students' projects in an exhibition.

Grade Level: 7-12

Time Allotment: 8 standard periods (40-45 minutes each)

Subject Matter: Fine Art, Art History, Japanese Literature

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:


National Standards:

National Arts Standards
Technology Foundation Standards for Students State Standards:

NYS Art Standards
This lesson was prepared by: Julia T. Stevanovic and Brian Wong

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