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Re: prompts/Japanese food

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ARTNSOUL12_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 04:03:31 PDT


In a message dated 10/22/2003 6:46:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
skygeoff@comcast.net writes:
Here's an inspiring (I think new) lesson. We're doing a unit on Japan this
year. My third graders were inspired by the plasitic food displays in the
windows of Japanese restaurants. These displays are so realistic that you can't
believe the food isn't real. It takes them years of training to learn how to
make this plastic food. I got some great images from Google of fake shrimp
tempura, beef bowl and fried rice. There's a district in Japan devoted to this
fake food.
Kinnachiwa, Sky, you are ME writing this, right....LOL...we teach sooo
similarly, its uncanny! After my trip to Japan on the Fullbright scholarship last
year, I did a unit which taught a different aspect of Japanese culture through
art. Third grade made food. I wanted to buy examples of the fake food to
bring back, and although I brought back almost everything else, when I visited
the area known for this, and its famous store, the fake food was just incredibly
too expensive. But, my students did this sculpture in ceramics. They added
authentic chopsticks,etc. They even made their own teabowls. We had an
authentic tea ceremony (or at least I shared with them what I could remember). The
teabowls they glazed, but I found that painting the food with acyrlic paint made
it look more authentic.

I will be sharing all my lessons and bringing examples of all grade levels of
my students' work on this Japan unit to the National Conference this spring
in Denver, if my workshop proposal is accepted. If you want to take a ride to
Long Island from NJ, Sky, I will share my "Culture Box" of Japan with you, if
you are interested in teaching other aspects of this fascinating culture.
Susan on Long Island

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