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 basket weaver Corine Pearce in the CALIFORNIA episode. Students will inspect and analyze the materials and functions of a wide variety of baskets. They will learn about... 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 »
In this lesson, students will explore the work of weaver Jim Bassler and learn about the basic techniques of weaving. Students will view the ORIGINS segment of Craft in America featuring Bassler. They will discuss the role of technology... MORE »
Community has helped shape the creative processes of our collective craft history. Craft forms are passed from generation to generation in necessity and survival, but also in the spirit of community and commonality. This educational guide delves into the... MORE »