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Exploring Asian Art: Form, Function, and Interpretation – NCTA in-person Summer Program

Photo credit: L Fried, courtesy of SAAM

Spend three days exploring works of Asian art on display at the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Utilizing the collection of the Seattle Art Museum, we will consider the original context within which objects were created and follow them along their paths of trade, transformation, and influence. This study will include close consideration of objects of devotion, utilitarian objects, and contemporary expressions crafted from a multitude of materials and taking shape in various forms. Additionally, we will discuss points of inspiration taken by artists who encounter these works anew and as part of the legacy of their cultural heritage.

This three-day intensive workshop will connect the objects in the collection of the Seattle Art Museum to curriculum across subjects, including Social Studies, Visual Art, World History, Language Arts, Asian Studies, and Art History. Engage with resources firsthand and explore what you can bring back to your classroom. Educators from the Seattle Art Museum and the East Asia Resource Center will provide frameworks for integrating the museum collection into your teaching practice.

Dates and time

Thursday, August 1, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday, August 2, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM


This in-person program will take place at the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Seattle, WA.

If coming from out of State, participants are expected to book their travel and lodging. Partial travel reimbursement might be available (please contact at for additional information).

Program Leaders

Melanie King, Art historian and educator.

Yaoyao Liu, Manager of school & Educator Programs, Seattle Art Museum.

Program benefits

  • Free access to the Seattle Art Museum and to the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
  • Meals included.
  • Online resources.
  • Free WA OSPI clock hours.

Program requirements

Participating educators are required to attend all three days of the workshop.


This program is open to current, in-service K-12 teachers of all grades and subjects. The priority application deadline is May 5, 2024. Please follow this link to apply.