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Christina Bothwell, Storytellers Episode, Craft in America

STORYTELLERS EDUCATION GUIDES

Students learn about two of the artists that are featured in the STORYTELLERS episode.

SCULPTURES AND STORYTELLING

Meet artist Christina Bothwell from the Craft In America STORYTELLERS episode. Bothwell creates figural sculptures that mix portions of opaque, unglazed clay with translucent glass. The translucent glass adds to the dreamlike quality of the sculptures. As she states in the above quote, she tells stories through her sculptures. The lesson focuses on storytelling as a basis for art making. Through investigations, students consider the stories suggested in the artist’s works and then think about developing characters for their own sculptural artworks. In studio work, students use clay to create characters that engage a viewer’s interest and suggest a story.

EXPLORE TLINGIT AND UNANGAX̂ CULTURE IN ART

Meet Tlingit and Unangax̂ multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin whose works include totems, masks, jewelry, music and dance which deal with cultural perspectives and identity. Students will follow Galanin’s artistic process as he discusses his role as a storyteller, his inspiration, artistic process, cultural references and symbolism of his artworks. They will also see his use of a variety of media and hear him explain why he is so committed to making what he makes.


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Christina Bothwell, Storytellers Episode, Craft in America

SCULPTURES AND STORYTELLING

“I am a storyteller and I love stories. If something really touches me I have to process it and get it out by doing a piece.”
– Christina Bothwell

In this lesson, students meet artist Christina Bothwell from the Craft In America STORYTELLERS episode. Bothwell creates figural sculptures that mix portions of opaque, unglazed clay with translucent glass. The translucent glass adds to the dreamlike quality of the sculptures. As she states in the above quote, she tells stories through her sculptures. The lesson focuses on storytelling as a basis for art making. Through investigations, students consider the stories suggested in the artist’s works and then think about developing characters for their own sculptural artworks. In studio work, students use clay to create characters that engage a viewer’s interest and suggest a story.

Estimated Time: four 45 minute class periods

Grade Level: 7–12

Craft In America Theme/Episode: STORYTELLERS

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Sculptures and Storytelling
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Background Reading
Lesson Overview

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More Information
Resources and Material for Teaching

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Discussion Questions
Sculptures and Storytelling

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Vocabulary
Vocabulary and Key Terms

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Worksheet #1
What's Going On?

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Worksheet #2
What Story Will You Tell?

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Christina Bothwell, Storytellers Episode, Craft in America

EXPLORE TLINGIT AND UNANGAX̂ CULTURE IN ART

Meet Tlingit and Unangax̂ multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin whose works include totems, masks, jewelry, music and dance which deal with cultural perspectives and identity. Students will follow Galanin’s artistic process as he discusses his role as a storyteller, his inspiration, artistic process, cultural references and symbolism of his artworks. They will also see his use of a variety of media and hear him explain why he is so committed to making what he makes.

Estimated Time: one 45 minute class period

Grade Level: 7–12

Craft In America Theme/Episode: STORYTELLERS

DOWNLOAD SUPPORTING MATERIAL

Download the Lesson Guide and Supporting Materials as PDFs to get started in your classroom.

Background Reading

Artist Nicholas Galanin

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Discussion Questions

Nicholas Galanin

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STORYTELLERS preview