Category Archives: Japanese art

Japanese Fan Project

I invent all of my own lessons. This is one of my favorites! They are so pretty – I love them. I did the project with my 9th period A day class.

Materials:

  1. Illustration board
  2. Metallic acrylic paint
  3. Fine and extra fine Sharpies
  4. Prismacolor colored pencils
  5. Origami paper

Instructions:

  1. Trace the fan stencil to the center of the illustration board
  2. Choose a metallic paint color and paint the background using a flat brush.
  3. Select three or more resource pictures from the Japanese file – these are 18th century woodblock prints, drawings and paintings (of landscapes, portraits, still-lifes) AND contemporary artworks from Takashi Murakami and other artists. Use Scholastic Art magazines, Dover books, old calendars, etc.)
  4. Draw a composition using a mash-up technique to create a new work of art that looks seamless.
  5. Outline with Sharpie markers using thick and thin lines.
  6. Color with colored pencils.
  7. Add a piece of origami paper to the bottom of the fan. Use a glue stick to attach it.

The Japanese Collection

The collection of contemporary Japanese ceramics, displayed in the Everson Museum of Art (lower level) is a breathtaking representation of experimentation and whimsy in clay.

The beautiful thing about this exhibition, as with the previous one in this space, is the circle of trust – trust that visitors will not touch; trust that nothing will break. Some pieces are behind glass, like caged animals and others roam free on mirrored and lighted shelves, allowing patrons to appreciate the details up-close-and-personal-like.

It is incredibly inspiring to view the concepts unfolding within decades, the mastery of cut, shape, form and glaze application.

For many years, the Everson Museum of Art was known for its ceramics collection, the largest in the nation. Now they are going forward with American art, I think, although maybe that is just with regard to the upstairs holdings.

The Floating Bridge: Post-modern and Contemporary Japanese Ceramics is on view through May 9, 2021.

Call (315) 474-6064 for more information.

EVERSON MUSEUM OF ART HOURS:

SUNDAY 12-5
MONDAY CLOSED
TUESDAY CLOSED
WEDNESDAY CLOSED
THURSDAY 12-5 (12-8 EVERY 3RD THURS)
FRIDAY 12-5
SATURDAY 10-5