Japanese Arts - Page 3

1. "36 Views of Mount Fuji" by Hokusai

Posted on 4/15/2011 at www.edutopia.org "Project-Based Learning" Teachers Group

Hokusai's "36 Views of Mount Fuji"


Dear Colleagues,
As many of you know, I use Art to teach most every subject...

So after first posting a "Tsunami Wave Physics" Powerpoint Presentation, for Eric Brunsell's excellent comprehensive blog
"Teaching Resources for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami",
I switched gears from all of the STEM focus and now present this next resource that documents a major Historical and Cultural Era of Japan: The Edo Period
when the City of Tokyo was then called Edo, and the Life and Art of Hokusai Katsushika (1760 - 1849) came to international prominence
with his masterpiece collection of woodblock prints titled "36 Views of Mount Fuji".
All of this material is freely available at Wikipedia.org

And coincidentally, the first picture in this series is "The Great Wave of Kanagawa"
his trademark graphic and most popular print published worldwide...
He created these "36 Views of Mount Fuji" during a span when he was 64-72 years old, reaching his artistic peak late in life
and continuing masterful artwork well into his 80's...

These woodblock carved prints have volumes of history, geography, culture, tradecraft, social customs, clothing styles, and aesthetic majesty...
without the clutter of academic texts.
Pure and Simple, here is one Japanese Man's Life and Art that has attained legendary and iconic stature worldwide...
Enjoy your visual journey and discoveries of Historical Japanese Culture...with your students...

Arigato Gozaimasu
Allen Berg

ps: of course viewing and appreciating and practicing Kanji, Japanese Calligraphy,
is another wonderful way to step-into the Japanese world of Language and Art...

Art Project: under construction...