Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 26: History and Cultures of East Asia and Southeast Asia

Student Web Activity

"A Look at Chinese Painting"

In this chapter, you learned about the cultural achievements of East Asia and Southeast Asia. Among the many peoples of the region, the Chinese throughout their long history have excelled in painting nature and in using elegant styles of writing in their works. Today, many works of Chinese art are on display in museums throughout the world.

Destination Title: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Start at the Explore & Learn page of the Metropolitan Museum of Art web site. Click “A Closer Look” link in the middle menu bar and then click “A Look at Chinese Painting”. Hit the “Continue” link at the bottom of the page.
The page you are viewing shows several Chinese paintings. Next to each painting is a question that people often ask about Chinese painting in general. Look at each painting and click on the question to locate information about the painting as well as an extended answer to the question. To find the meaning of key words related to Chinese painting, click the “Glossary of Key Terms” link at the bottom of page.

Use what you have learned from this overview of Chinese painting to answer the following questions.

What materials did Chinese artists use for both painting and writing?
What is calligraphy?
What themes were popular in Chinese painting?
How did artists and collectors identify their paintings?
How did Chinese painters show the relationship of humans and nature?
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