The Craft in America Education Guides feature artists, objects and segments from each of the television episodes and are organized by episode, below. These interdisciplinary standards-based guides bring craft to your classroom. Download lesson plans that educate, involve, and inform students about how craft plays a role in their lives, with connections to American history and culture, philosophies and science, social causes and social action.
The Craft in America Education Guides are written to support middle and high school art education curricula. We¹ve set up suggested lesson plans that you can personalize to your classroom, based on age and interests. We've included links to videos and other places to learn more, so that you can go further on a particular subject or example. The guides can also be adapted for use in other subject areas. The purpose of the guides is to deepen students' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of craft in America and to inspire creativity in the classroom and beyond.
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Students consider the human tendency to collect objects that have meaning to us through collector Forrest L. Merrill and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. More >
Students learn about Día de los Muertos observances in East Los Angeles and in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico and examine the artistic traditions and the translations within and between the celebrations. More >
Students explore the work of glass artist Preston Singletary and his work based on the Tlingit origin story Raven and the Box of Daylight. More >
Students explore the work of the artists in the MUSIC episode and investigate connections between musicians and their instruments and between American music and American history. More >
Education Guide coming soon and will explore the work of artists featured in the episode.
Students explore fabric construction while considering ideas of hand work, the marketing of textiles, and humans' use of textiles. More >
In two separate guides, students explore the work of furniture and textile artist Tanya Aguiñiga and potter Jeff Oestreich. More >
In two separate guides, students explore the work of weaver Consuelo Jimenez Underwood and quilter Terese Agnew. More >
In two separate guides, students explore the messages in the jewelry of Thomas Mann and the sculpted beadwork of Joyce J. Scott. More >
In two separate guides, students explore the work of book artist Julie Chen and jewelry artists Roberta and Dave Williamson. More >
In three guides, students explore the work of Mary Jackson, Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck School of Glass, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Richard Notkin, and Einar & Jamex de la Torre. More >
In three guides, students explore the work of George Nakashima, Jan Yager, David Gurney, Kit Carson, Richard Notkin, and Denise Wallace. More >