Our interdisciplinary standards-based Education Guides, written to support middle and high school curricula, feature artists, objects and segments from the Craft in America episodes. 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. We’ve included links to videos and ways to learn more. Lessons can be personalized based on age and interests to inspire creativity in the classroom and beyond.
In this lesson, students will learn about basket making through the Pomo artist Corine Pearce in the Craft in America: CALIFORNIA episode. Students will inspect and analyze the materials and functions of a wide variety of baskets. They... MORE »
In this lesson, students will view Día de los Muertos observances in East Los Angeles and in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, and examine the artistic traditions and the translations within and between the celebrations. Students will look within their... MORE »
Students will explore the richly detailed work of quilter Terese Agnew, as she adopts the tradition of the quilt as a carefully made, warm and nurturing cover, for another caring purpose: encouraging empathy for others, whether workers, birds, or... MORE »
In this lesson students will view the work of contemporary book artist Julie Chen. Through investigating Julie Chen’s non-traditional approach to bookmaking and the process she employs, students will contemplate and discuss the definition of a book, consider how... MORE »