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Is talent inherited? What is it like to live in a household where objects are made by hand? Explore the creativity and personal dynamics of craft artist families.


Lisa Sorrell creates vamps.


 
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Philip Moulthrop, Mosaic Bowl Lisa Sorrell, I Want To Be A Cowboys Sweetheart  

Philip Moulthrop, Mosaic Wood Turned Bowl

Lisa Sorrell, I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart

 


The Moulthrops: A Family of Woodtuners

In this lesson, students will study the woodturning tradition of three generations of the Moulthrop family. Students will watch Craft In America: Family, featuring the Moulthrops, from the DVD or online. The class will focus on how the members of Moulthrop family support each other to achieve their goals, and the decision to make art their career. Students will examine the relationship the Moulthrops have with their chosen material, wood. Students will look for evidence of the Moulthrop family's experimentation and invention. Finally, the class will experiment with creating wood finishes and create an artwork using recycled or scrap wood.

Grade level: 8-12 

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The Sorrell Family: A Perfect Fit

In this lesson, students will learn about the artist Lisa Sorrell, her work as a boot maker, and the process of making leather cowboy boots by hand. Students will gain insight on how a family can contribute to the rich and purposeful life of the craftsperson. The studio portion of the "Instructional Strategies" is designed to give students the opportunity to craft a custom foot covering. These products can be prototypes, or fully realized handcrafted functional objects, depending upon time and resources.

Grade level: 10-12 

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download Download the Lesson Guide and worksheets for The Moulthrops in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.

 

download Download the Lesson Guide and worksheets for The Sorrell Family in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.


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