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Many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point, experiment or bring attention to contemporary issues.


Curator George Ciscle explains the messages in various works by Joyce J. Scott.


 
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Joyce J. Scott, Man Eating Watermelon Thomas Mann, Dog Box Necklace  

Joyce J. Scott, Man Eating Watermelon

Thomas Mann, Dog Box Necklace

 


Joyce J. Scott: Sharing Memories and Shaking Things Up

In this lesson, students will study the sculpted beadwork of artist Joyce J. Scott and examine how Scott draws viewers to her work by making her pieces beautiful, with the hope that viewers will then consider the serious issues of race, class, and gender discrimination presented within the pieces. Finally, students will determine a point of view and invent a piece with an attractive surface appeal and an underlying serious topic.

Grade level: 8-12 

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Thomas Mann: Design Vocabulary

In this lesson, students will view the jewelry and sculptural forms of Thomas Mann. Students will consider how Mann produces his work, and how he goes about transmitting messages in his work. Through a collaborative activity, students will create a design vocabulary upon which all students can draw in order to create a sculptural form that transmits a personal message.

Grade level: 8-12 

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download Download the Lesson Guide for Thomas Mann in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.


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