Year 8 are looking at the differences between traditional and contemporary Japanese artwork during the summer term at Lansdowne School. This is part of our introduction to Japanese art and culture.
We have started out study by researching some of the contemporary artwork produced by the Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima. Plenty of surreal scenes and dream landscapes are used. The pupils have seen how traditional Japanese motifs are used in the work, but these are mixed up with modern colours.
The students have been learning to identify what is a primary and a secondary piece of artwork. By looking at copies of Aoshima’s work, we have worked out that this is a secondary source.
We will be combining these contemporary images with some artwork inspired by ancient Japanese pictures. Year 8 will weave the two different strands together to create a sushi mat. The pupils will also be learning about traditional Japanese 3D art designs that can be found on /lacquerware boxes.Year 8 will be looking at traditional Japanese symbols and writing our own names.
You can find out a little more about our introduction to Japanese culture in the video above.