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East Asian Visual Culture – NCTA Online Workshop Series

Byōdō-in's Phoenix Hall is a Japan's National Treasure in Uji, Kyoto prefecture, Japan It was built in 1153. Byōdō-in was registered as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic monuments of ancient Kyoto".


Join art historian Melanie King for a continuation of the introductory to East Asian visual culture workshops. These 90-minute, stand-alone sessions will each have a unique focus and are intended for people new to East Asian art history or people looking for a refresher course. During each session we will spend time exploring artistic, historical, and cultural aspects pertinent to each topic with time for discussion and consideration of classroom application.

Program details

Participants can choose to attend at least one of the following sessions:

Burial objects and other things found in tombs
Tuesday, April 23 – 4:30 – 6:00 pm (PT)
Join us for this session that will examine early burial practices and the precious objects people were buried with across East Asia.

Introduction to the visual culture of Shinto
Tuesday, April 30 – 4:30 – 6:00 pm (PT)
This session will consider Shinto origin stories, sacred sites, shine construction, devotional objects, and the role of State Shinto.

Art of the Heian period
Tuesday, May 7  – 4:30 – 6:00 pm (PT)
This session will examine the arts of the Heian period (794-1185) by tracing the move away from Chinese visual culture in the development of a decidedly Japanese style.

Introduction to the visual culture of Chan/Seon/Zen and Pureland Buddhism
Tuesday, May 14  – 4:30 – 6:00 pm (PT)
In this session we will trace the emergence of Chan (Seon/Zen) Buddhism and Pureland Buddhism and their associated art forms across East Asia. Consideration will be given to the related visual expressions of each practice.

West meets East
Tuesday, May 21  – 4:30 – 6:00 pm (PT)
In this session we will examine the influence East Asian artistic traditions have had on Western visual culture from the earliest points of contact to the present.

Program benefits

  • Free WA OSPI clock hours
  • Online resources


This program is free and open to current in-service of all grades and related subjects. Please follow this link to register.

This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)