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 view the segment on artist and educator Therman Statom in the TEACHERS episode. The episode highlights how Statom encourages students’ investigation of their heritage, their understanding of self, and their connections to others as topics... MORE »
In this lesson, students will view the MUSIC episode from the PBS series Craft in America. The episode features the skilled craftwork required to make ukuleles, trumpets, banjos, guitars, and timpani mallets. Students will hear musicians playing each of... MORE »
Craft artists depend on their natural environment for both materials and inspiration. Materials are collected, combined and transformed through the creativity and necessity of human hands. This educational guide delves into the indispensable and innate relationships between artists and... MORE »
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... MORE »