Dating with Style: China’s Material Culture

by  Penn Museum

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Students learn how archeologists use style analysis to identify when
an artifact was made. Students take a close look at three distinct
dynasties from ancient China and learn about the artistic styles that
represent each period. Then they are challenged to closely observe
replica artifacts and determine when they were made. *Program Materials: Paper and writing utensils

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
View Only: 150.00
Point to Point: $150.00
By Request: $150.00

Cost: (30 students per workshop)
• $150.00 for each Virtual Workshop

Based on Class Size:
• 1-30 students are recognized as one class
• 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
• 60-90 students are recognized as three classes

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• Able to assist Title 1 schools that need full or participial sponsorship for virtual visits


60 minutes (Able to be adjusted to fit your regular class period)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No more than 30 for optimal experience

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Problem Solving, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Available Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST) with a minimum of three weeks notice.

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Programs are non-refundable. Cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to gallery availability.

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects
and powerful stories that emerge from its excavations and research
across the world.

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the
Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the
pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native
American communities today.

Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of
our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human

Kevin D. Impellizeri

Program Details


All virtual workshops can be tailored to fit your normal class period. Up to four consecutive virtual workshops can be facilitated in one day.

1. Brief introduction to the Penn Museum fields of study (Archaeology & Anthropology)
2. Investigation of artifacts reflecting the passing of time
3. Preparing your timeline
4. Examination of the artistic style, materials, and marking of artifacts from the Shang, Han, and Tang Dynasty
7. Conclusion & Questions


Essential Question:
How will close study of artifacts from ancient China demonstrate the connections and progressions between three dynasties?

Learning Objectives:
Students will...
1. Strengthen observation and reasoning skills through close object study
2. Develop a better understanding of artifacts representing progression of time

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Fine Arts NA-VA.5-8.4
Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures
-Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art

Foreign Languages
NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures (Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures)
-Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
-Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied

NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
Understand the physical and human characteristics of places
NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems
Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement

World History
NSS-WH.5-12.3 ERA 3: Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires, 1000 BCE-300 BCE
-how major religions and large-scale empires arose in the Mediterranean basin, China, and India, 500 BCE-300 CE