Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Art Historian | Professor | Digital Humanist

Digital // Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre (StoryMapJS)


An exploration of woodblock printed triptych Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). This is a sample assignment used for my Arts of Japan course in Spring 2016 at St. Olaf College. Students created their own “story map” of a single work of art using StoryMapJS and explored it in relation to its artistic technique, social history, and cultural context. The StoryMapJS was accompanied by a written project abstract and self-assessment of the creation and research process. Students were also responsible for assessing the contributions of their peers.