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Asian Art Museum in SF

February 12, 2019
By Reese Bryant

On January 24th the 7th grade went to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. As we walked up to the entrance of the museum we were greeted by a large white dog sculpture designed by contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara. The class was divided into 3 groups and each group was guided by a docent. Our docent guided us to an exhibit of a traditional Japanese tea house. The docent had pointed out a vessel that was traditionally used to cleanse your hands before entering the tea house. After the tea house, our docent took us to a large statue of Buddha and explained the importance of meditation. We were then introduced to the traditional art of Japanese brush painting. Each of us were given hemp seed paper, a brush made out of horse hair, and a small bowl of ink. We were taught to paint a bamboo tree, as well as a painting created with one stroke of the brush. Following our painting instruction we were allowed one hour of free time to explore the rest of the museum with our group. After our hour of free time, the class boarded the bus and headed back to St. Paul’s where our parents were waiting to pick us up.