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Education Guides

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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Nature

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 >

Teachers

Students explore the work of glass artist Therman Statom and how he employs art as catalysts for social change and its positive impact on communities. More >

Music

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 >

Celebration

Education Guide coming soon and will explore the work of artists featured in the episode.

Service

Students explore the work of ceramic artist Ehren Tool, who creates clay cups on the potter¹s wheel and embellishes them with military images. More >

Industry

Students explore fabric construction while considering ideas of hand work, the marketing of textiles, and humans' use of textiles. More >

Holiday

Watch how-to techniques videos featuring artists from the episode. More >

Forge

Students explore the work of metalsmith Chloe Darke, who produces traditional silverware for Old Newbury Crafters. More >

Crossroads

In two separate guides, students explore the work of furniture and textile artist Tanya Aguiñiga and potter Jeff Oestreich. More >

Threads

In two separate guides, students explore the work of weaver Consuelo Jimenez Underwood and quilter Terese Agnew. More >

Family

In two separate guides, students learn about bootmaker Lisa Sorrell and the Moulthrop family of woodturners. More >

Messages

In two separate guides, students explore the messages in the jewelry of Thomas Mann and the sculpted beadwork of Joyce J. Scott. More >

Process

In two separate guides, students explore the work of book artist Julie Chen and jewelry artists Roberta and Dave Williamson. More >

Origins

In two separate guides, students explore weaving with Jim Bassler and beadworking with Teri Greeves. More >

Community

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 >

Landscape

In three guides, students explore the work of George Nakashima, Jan Yager, David Gurney, Kit Carson, Richard Notkin, and Denise Wallace. More >

Memory

In three guides, students explore the work of Tom Joyce, Jan Yager, Pat Courtney Gold, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Sam Maloof, and Sarah Jaeger. More >