Investigating Japan’s Edo Avant Garde at Portland Japanese Garden

A free in-person program for K-12 educators

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Time: 1:00-5:00pm

Location: Portland Japanese Garden

Capacity: 30

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Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are hosting a workshop to introduce the K-12 curriculum inspired by Linda Hoaglund’s film Edo Avant Garde.

Join us for this rare opportunity, a Saturday workshop at Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, featuring the art documentary film and award-winning curriculum units for Edo Avant Garde, a film about the paintings of nature in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund and master teacher Angie Stokes will take you into the world of Japanese painting from centuries ago, presenting how educators can use art to teach a variety of subjects, from nature to social-emotional learning to studio classes.

The Edo Avant Garde curriculum was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2022 Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for curriculum development by the Association for Asian Studies.

The workshop includes the choice of an in-person or online screening of the film in advance of the workshop.

Complimentary Screening Options

This workshop is intended for arts educators but is open to teachers of all grade-levels and subjects. Free admission to the Japanese Garden is included for registrants.


1:00 pm | Introduction to workshop

1:10 pm | Guided tour of Portland Japanese Garden

2:20 pm | Workshop on arts curriculum inspired by Edo Avant Garde, including hands-on activities like shasei, will follow the lesson plans

4:00 pm | Linda Hoaglund discusses the creation of Edo Avant Garde

4:30 pm | Q&A

5:00 pm | Workshop ends

About the Lecturers

Angie Miesle Stokes

Angie Miesle Stokes recently returned from a summer study tour of Japan and is back in the classroom as the studio art, art history, and art technology teacher at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School in Haviland, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree in art and history at the University of St. Francis and her Masters in Teaching from Chatham University. She spent five years with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh as a lead teacher and program director before returning to the classroom where she is beginning her 20th year teaching K-12 courses in social studies and art.

She currently enjoys teaching her AP Art History and studios while working with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia as one of their NextGen Teacher Leaders. Angie’s experience beyond the classroom includes writing curriculum for the Toledo Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art along with presenting curriculum for museums and universities across the country. She co-wrote the lesson plans for the award-winning Investigating Japan’s Edo Avant Garde curriculum.  Her interest lies in the development of collaborative STEAM projects for students of all abilities and using the visual arts to investigate and better understand the diverse world in which we live.

Linda Hoaglund

Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual filmmaker, born and raised in Japan. The daughter of American missionary parents, she attended Japanese public schools and graduated from Yale University. She has directed and produced five feature-length films about art and the relationship between Japan and the U.S.: Wings of Defeat (2007), ANPO: Art X War (2010), Things Left Behind (2012), The Wound and The Gift (2014), and Edo Avant Garde (2019). Most recently, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art created a K-12 Arts Curriculum inspired by Edo Avant Garde with Hoaglund.     

Hoaglund has also subtitled 250 Japanese films, including Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa and Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki. She has translated Kabuki performed at Lincoln Center and essays by Issei Miyake, Ishiuchi Miyako, Tomatsu Shomei, Yokoo Tadanori, Kirino Natsuo, Moriyama Daido, Takashi Murakami, Ando Tadao and other renowned artists and writers. In 2022, Chronicle Books published Just Enough Design, a book featuring designer Taku Satoh’s work that she edited and translated.

This program is brought to you by the Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and University of Washington National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) sites.

For questions, please reach out to [email protected]