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Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond

NCTA 2019 Summer Institute  for K-12 teachers of all subjects


Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond looked at moments in the transmission of culture vis-à-vis art forms produced and transmitted throughout and beyond East Asia. This course focused on the production of art forms, such as scrolls, woodblock prints, ceramics, and architectural forms as episodes in exchange and innovation. This program was ideal for people interested in an introductory course on East Asian art history and cultural transmission, and those looking for a refresher on key art historical concepts. During this program, participants compared artistic productions of different styles and periods, while focusing on translating these artistic examples of tradition, exchange, and innovation into useful classroom materials.

Course material included primary and secondary source materials, art historical approaches, in addition to resources for inclusion in the classroom. No prior knowledge of the subject matter was required.

This seminar was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC), University of Washington, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


July 15-19, 2019
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m (Friday)
University of Washington, Seattle.


Melanie King, Art History faculty at Seattle Central College.


Aside from the registration and housing fees (100$ each), this seminar was offered free of charge thanks to the Freeman Foundation NCTA grant to the East Asia Resource Center. Seminar benefits included:

  • 40 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR two 400-level UW credits for a fee of approximately $230
  • A certificate of completion
  • All course materials provided
  • $100 for the purchase of additional teaching materials
  • A one-year subscription to Education about Asia
  • Morning snacks and lunches
  • Dormitory housing, meals, and partial travel stipends of up to $300 for a limited number of out-of-town participants

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