Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Art Historian | Professor | Digital Humanist

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

DESCRIPTION

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.

Digital // Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (StoryMapJS)

DESCRIPTION

This exploration of print artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797-1861) Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō was a collaborative project completed by the students in my history course Japanese Civilization at St. Olaf College during J-Term 2016. Students were each responsible for researching the local history and woodblock print associated with two stations along the famous Tōkaidō road. This research was then visualized in StoryMapJS, which helps create connections between the physical map, the significance of place, and the artistic representation of it. After the completion of the digital project, students were asked to write a paper comparing one of their sites with 3 other locations along the route completed by their peers.

Project shared online with written permission by each student in the course.

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