Bushido: Way of the Samurai - National Gallery of Victoria

In 2015 the NGV brings you 'Bushido: Way of the Samurai' which explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years. From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. Samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty and loyalty combined with a passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.

Students will be introduced to the world of the samurai through an illustrated talk featuring images of works in the NGV Collection including samurai attire such as armour and helmets, and objects relating to the cultural pursuits of the samurai including Noh costumes, calligraphic scrolls, lacquer objects and tea utensils.

Following this introduction, students will participate in a practical workshop using card to create their own samurai helmet complete with a personal crest or 'mon'. The helmet or 'kabuto' was the most important part of the samurai armour. High ranking officials would commission elaborate helmets to use in ceremony and to identify themselves in battle.

'Bushido: Way of the Samurai'  will be presented by NGV Educators and supported by NGV Schools learning resources, including a Japanese language resource and resources related to the exhibition 'Bushido; Way of the Samurai' (4 Jul-4 Nov, 2014), NGV.

ARTS TEACHERS: The NGV is excited to offer a free online previsit video conferencing option through Polycom to introduce the program before they visit.


TOUR DATES
19 - 20 October - FCJ Benalla

21 October - Gippsland Grammar

22 - 23 October - Nossal High School

IDEAL FOR
Years 3 – 9

DURATION
A full day 3 x 90 minute sessions for up to 50 students in each session

FEE
Flat rate of $1,500 + GST LESS Eligible Subsidy

 

AusVELS Links: The Arts, Languages, The Humanities (History), Thinking Processes

Cross-Curriculum Priorities: Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

General Capabilities: Intercultural Understanding

Artforms: Visual Art

Key Themes: Cultural Traditions, Asia Literacy, Historical Understanding,

NGV 

Image one: 
Utagawa Yoshitsuya
The death of Kusunoki Masatsura,
1862
colour woodblock (triptych)
(a-c) 35.9 x 74.0 cm (image) (overall) (a-c) 36.4 x 74.0 cm (sheet) (overall)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1993
AS9.a-c-1993

Image two:
JAPANESE
Armour (18th century)
metal, wood, pigment, lacquer, gold paint, silk, cotton, leather, metal thread
(a-k) 136.0 x 56.0 x 45.0 cm (overall) (installation)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Henry Darlot, 1888
2066.a-k-D1A

In 2015 the NGV brings you 'Bushido: Way of the Samurai' which explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.

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Metro: 23rd Feb 2015 to 27th Feb 2015
Metro: 19th Oct 2015 to 23rd Oct 2015
Regional: 23rd Feb 2015 to 27th Feb 2015
Regional: 19th Oct 2015 to 23rd Oct 2015

National Gallery of Victoria
Duration: A full day 3 x 90 minute sessions for up to 50 students each session
Artform: Visual Arts
Minimum fee: Flat rate of $1,500 + GST LESS Eligible Subsidy
Suitability: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
Terms: Term 1, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 150
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Darkened room for PowerPoint presentation, data projector & screen. Classroom space for workshop (tables & chairs for up to 50 students).