Learning Resources

Mon 18 May – design your own Labyrinth

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Mon 11 May –  Pattern Spotting

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Mon 4 May – Movement and material


Lumière Brothers, Serpentine Dance, c.1899, Institut Lumière, Lyon

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Fri 1 May – Naples Collection: Design a postcard

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Thu 30 apr – Naples Collection: playing with colour

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wed 29 apr – Naples collection: using shadows

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tue 28 apr – naples collection: continuous looking and drawing

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mon 27 apr – Naples collection: Talk about still life

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Fri 24 Apr – Chinese collection: write a secret inscription

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Thu 23 Apr – Chinese collection: create a special vessel

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wed 22 Apr – chinese collection: create a 3d taotie design

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Tue 21 Apr – Chinese collection: look out for the taotie

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Mon 20 Apr – chinese collection: A closer look at designs
Ritual covered wine vessel, fangyi © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Ritual covered wine vessel, fangyi © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Ritual wine vessel and cover, you (detail 2) © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Ritual wine vessel and cover, you (detail 2) © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Ritual wine vessel, hu © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Ritual wine vessel, hu © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
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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

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Wed 1 Apr – Faces and Feelings
tue 31 Mar – Learn to write like a viking

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Mon 30 Mar – Design your own Chinese Bronze Vessel

Rituals and Bronzes – The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China, 1600-1046BC

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?
Take a photo of your design and share it with us on social media! Tag @comptonverney on Facebook, @ComptonVerney on Twitter or @compton_verney on Instagram, or use #DigitalComptonVerney.

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