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DAVID & ROBERTA WILLIAMSON: SUBJECTIVE OBJECTS

In this lesson, students will explore the collaborative work of David and Roberta Williamson. Through examples of the Williamsons’ found object jewelry, three concepts are explored: collaboration, juxtaposition and personal adornment. After participating in investigations dealing with associations and meanings of objects, students will create a piece of jewelry combining a number of found objects that evoke a story or emotion.

Grade level: 8-12

Episode: PROCESS

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Download the Lesson Guide for Dave and Roberta Williamson in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.


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Jewelry artist Roberta Williamson talks about her work.

Roberta Williamson on antique paper.

Jewelry artists Dave and Roberta Williamson take their students to the antique mart.


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JULIE CHEN: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOOK

In this lesson students will view the work of contemporary book artist Julie Chen. Investigating Julie Chen’s non-traditional approach to bookmaking and her process, students will contemplate and discuss the definition of a book, consider how books are made, collaborate and brainstorm ways to push the boundaries of books, and explore books as sculpture. Students will create their own art books that have personal meaning and go beyond the confines of a traditional book.

Grade level: 8-12

Episode: PROCESS

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Download the Lesson Guide for Julie Chen in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.

Book artist Julie Chen talks about figuring out tricky design details.

Book artist Julie Chen on how she discovered book arts.