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China: Art and Technology

Grade Level: 
Grades 6-12 recommended
Student Level: 
Middle School
High School

China was not always a follower in the development of technology. As late as the 17th century, China was a leader, influencing its Asian neighbors and even those on other continents. Europe can thank China for wood-pulp paper and paper money, for fireworks and gunpowder, for the umbrella and for noodles, among other things. This Art to Go lesson showcases traditional Chinese technology with a focus on the manufacture of silk, ceramics, and bronze.