East Asian Arts PDF


East Asian Arts is a hands-on activity based arts program where kids do art and crafts while learning about the art of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam during the Middle Ages. This unit is for use with children ages 6 to 18 years.


East Asian Arts is the third unit in the Middle Ages Arts course. In this course students will learn about the art of China, Japan, and other East Asian countries during the Middle Ages. You will learn about famous Chinese paintings, origami, folk arts like paper lanterns and kites, Japanese Noh plays, and more!

This unit contains sections on:

  • Visual Arts
  • Literary & Performance Arts
  • East Asian Architecture

Layers of Learning is an activity-based program. The mentor chooses from among the activities in the unit to create mental hooks for learning. Some of the activities in this unit include:

  • Touring and analyzing the famous Chinese painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival
  • Crafting a Chinese paper lantern
  • Painting your own monochromatic landscape painting
  • Making Vietnamese moon lanterns
  • Illustrating a book of Chinese proverbs
  • Folding origami cranes and writing a haiku to go with them
  • Creating a Chinese Dragon after reading the tale
  • Draw your own Nio temple guardian
  • Any much more!

Each Layers of Learning Arts unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide or learn to teach art with the Arts Guidebook for mentors.

See Inside

Here is the inside view of a double page spread from East Asian Arts:

The center is where you will find the lessons plans to choose from. The sidebars are for extra information, discussion questions, Writer’s Workshop ideas, memory work, famous people, and so on. The mentor chooses activities and information to create a custom curriculum for your family or class.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

East Asian Arts is also part of the overall Middle Ages Arts course, the second Year of the four year Layers of Learning Arts cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the art in chronological order, tracking with the Layers of Learning History units. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Middle Ages Arts Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Two

Product Type

Single Units




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