In this intermediate course, students will learn various art in Japan from potteries in the Jomon Period (About 14,000 BC – 300 BC) to Takashi Murakamis so-called superflat, a postmodern art movement, in Heisei Period (1989 -). As they learn Japanese art, they will analyze elements of Japanese aesthetics that were shared in various art forms during each period. Students will also examine what societal changes influenced the changes in art. There are numerous points in the long Japanese history that styles of Japanese art changed drastically and/or new art forms arose because of what was happening in Japan during that time. Throughout the course, students will create their own digital art archive to demonstrate their understanding of art history in Japan and why and how new art forms/movements were brought to Japan.
Students will continue to develop their linguistic and cognitive skills by investigating and researching answers to questions like: How did styles of pottery change when rice agriculture was brought to Japan from China?; How did Japanese isolation from foreign countries during the Edo period bring changes to Japanese paintings?; How did Buddhism influence Japanese art?