Mon 18 May – design your own Labyrinth
Mon 11 May – Pattern Spotting
Mon 4 May – Movement and material
Lumière Brothers, Serpentine Dance, c.1899, Institut Lumière, Lyon
Fri 1 May – Naples Collection: Design a postcard
Thu 30 apr – Naples Collection: playing with colour
wed 29 apr – Naples collection: using shadows
tue 28 apr – naples collection: continuous looking and drawing
mon 27 apr – Naples collection: Talk about still life
Fri 24 Apr – Chinese collection: write a secret inscription
Thu 23 Apr – Chinese collection: create a special vessel
wed 22 Apr – chinese collection: create a 3d taotie design
Tue 21 Apr – Chinese collection: look out for the taotie
Mon 20 Apr – chinese collection: A closer look at designs
Fri 3 Apr – Mysterious Landscapes
What else could we add to this landscape?
Could we use paint to add more texture, or use pens to add details?
Thu 2 Apr – stone age cave paintings
Wed 1 Apr – Faces and Feelings
Draw your own self portrait
Become a Portrait Detective
tue 31 Mar – Learn to write like a viking
Mon 30 Mar – Design your own Chinese Bronze Vessel
Rituals and Bronzes – The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China, 1
The ancient Chinese believed in ancestor worship, showing ancestors respect was very important, offerings of food, wine and sometimes human sacrifice were made to keep the ancestors and the spirit world happy. They believed that if the ancestors were happy good things would happen, if they were unhappy bad things may happen such as, a bad harvest or crop.
Ritual vessels were used for ancestor worship. Some held wine, some were used for food and some were used to show how important people were. The type of vessel and its use can be identified by its shape.
Here are four ritual vessels from our collection:
Ding A symbol of power and political ranking, owned by Kings and noble people. Early dings would have held food or wine.
Dou Used for offering food at ceremonial banquets. It’s made up of two parts, a bowl and a lid. The lid can be turned over and used as another bowl.
You Some contained inscriptions and were gifts given by the King, usually containing rice wine.
Gu A drinking vessel and was found in most tombs of the Shang Dynasty.
Ritual vessels were made out of bronze by highly skilled craftsman. Some of the bronzes have animal designs on them, can you see the owl face on the one below?
Have a go at designing your own ritual bronze vessel, what animals or design would you put on it?
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