Bushido: Way of the Samurai - National Gallery of Victoria

In 2016 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.

The NGV is excited to propose an online previsit video conferencing option via polycom to introduce the program before they visit.

On The Road

TOUR DATES

Term 1 Tour

February 23 - 24 - Latrobe Regional Gallery

February 25 - Wallan Primary

February 26 - Apollo Bay P-12

Term 4 Tour

November 8 - Murrayville P - 12 College

November 9 - Wedderburn P - 12 College

November 10 - Wedderburn P - 12 College

November 11 - Oakleigh Primary School

November 7 – 11 2016 - Now taking bookings!

IDEAL FOR

Years 3 – 9 Max 50 students each session

DURATION

A full day 3 x 90 minute sessions

FEE:

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

AusVELS Links: The Arts, Languages, The Humanities - History

General Capabilities: Intercultural Understanding

Artforms: Visual Art

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

Key Themes: Cultural Traditions, Asia Literacy, Historical Understanding 

NGV

Image credits:

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

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 2016 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: 22nd Feb 2016 to 26th Feb 2016
Metro: 7th Nov 2016 to 11th Nov 2016
Regional: 22nd Feb 2016 to 26th Feb 2016
Regional: 7th Nov 2016 to 11th Nov 2016

National Gallery of Victoria
Duration: A full day 3 x 90 minute sessions
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).