Coloring Outside the Lines
Viewing a work of art in a museum setting is much different than the way it would have originally been displayed or even the way someone would display an object in their home.
The objective for this coloring activity is not only for the student to color the work of art, but to draw an imaginary environment around the object.
Additionally, the interior doors to the shrine have been left blank so students can create their own designs or celestial scenes.
This work of art is a Buddhist shrine called a butsudan and was used for private devotion in one’s home instead of at a public temple. The main figure depicted in this shrine is a sculpture of Amida Buddha, the Buddha of the Western Paradise. The two doors on either side of Amida show figures floating down from paradise.