Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

K-12 Teacher Workshop: "Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art"

Sat, September 30, 2017 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

K-12 Teacher Workshop:

Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles.  Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors.  This exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings.  The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnama.  Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey. 

Join us for a teachers’ workshop where we explore this exhibition. While drawing upon the primary resources displayed in the exhibition, professors and graduate students from UT’s Departments of Art History, Asian Studies and Religious Studies will talk about the role of these dynamic images in depicting court life from several regions of the Indian sub-continent from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

The workshop is designed for art, ELA, and social studies educators at the middle and high school level, and addresses themes related to Indian history, religious studies, storytelling and oral traditions.  Participants will have the opportunity to tour the exhibit.  Space is limited to 25 participants who will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Attendance is free of charge to all teachers, but pre-registration is required.

Attendees will receive:

  • Professional Development Hours (CPE)
  • Teacher materials (books, articles and lesson plans)
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch and other refreshments

To register and for more information on the workshop please send an email:

Please include information on where and what you teach (school/district, and grades/subjects).

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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