Art 1 – Netsuke – due Fri. Nov. 18


Starting next week in class, you will create a small clay animal sculpture. For design inspiration, we will explore the Japanese art of netsuke.

Click this link to view slides and read an overview of netsuke:

In your sketchbook notes, respond:

1. What was the original purpose of netsuke?
2. Describe design qualities, common materials, and popular subjects.
3. What is the katabori format of netsuke? Describe or draw an example.

Next, browse and select at least 3 interesting examples of animal-themed miniature sculpture from a museum site: (click on “animals”)

Spend an hour drawing these 3 netsuke images with attention to form, value (shading), and texture. Color is optional.


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