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Creating Scrolls Based on the illustrated TALE OF GENJI
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

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:

  • Identify formal elements that characterize the scroll.
  • Work in a variety of media, starting with traditional and moving to digital, to create their own scrolls.
  • Work into digital printout with at least two media to convey idea or story.
  • Engage in meaningful critiques of students' work.

National Standards:

National Arts Standards
  • Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

  • Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
Technology Foundation Standards for Students
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
State Standards:

NYS Art Standards
  • Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources

    Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

  • Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

    Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

  • Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts

    Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

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