Explore Education Guides by craft material. Some Education Guides involve more than one medium, while others focus on one artist and material.

Clay

Magdalena Pedro Martinez

A Fellow Human Being


In this lesson, students will view the work of Magdalena Pedro Martínez and Jaime Guerrero in the Craft in America: NEIGHBORS episode. Afterwards, students explore the way each artist uses the figure to portray significant aspects of Mexican and Mexican-American... MORE »
Jeff Oestreich. Mark Markley photograph

Apprenticeships: Altering the American Potter


In this lesson, students get to know three American potters who are connected by their individual experiences as apprentices at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, England. Students will also be introduced to two internationally influential potters – Bernard Leach... MORE »
Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot for BOK

Community: Continuity and Change


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 »
Ehren Tool. Mark Markley photograph

Conversations and Cups


In this lesson, students will explore the work of ceramic artist Ehren Tool, who creates clay cups on the potter’s wheel and embellishes them with military images. Tool gives away his cups and to date has given away over... MORE »
George Nakashima, Peace Table, Mary Bloom Photograph

Landscape: Natural Connections


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 »
Richard Notkin, Pyramidal Skull Teapot: Military Intelligence I, 1989

Landscape: Personal Connections


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 »
David Gurney, Tea Set. Rachel Gehlhar photograph

Landscape: Place


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 »
Sam Maloof

Memory: Hand to Home


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »

Fiber

Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot for BOK

Community: Continuity and Change


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 »
Garry Knox Bennett and Wendell Castle at Penland School of Crafts, Dana Moore Photograph

Community: Hand in Hand


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 »
Penland School of Crafts

Community: Show Me


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 »
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Weaving together content and form


In this lesson students will discover the content packed weavings of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. Across cultures and throughout time people have woven tapestries, blankets, and clothing to tell stories, signify status, and document events. Through looking at the work... MORE »
Ofelia Esparza

Día de los Muertos: Tradition and Translation


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 »
Lucy Mingo Gees Bend

Gee’s Bend and The Oriole Mill: Time and Textiles


In this lesson, students will explore various forms of fabric construction while considering ideas of hand work, time invested in creating art, the marketing of textiles, and humans’ use of textiles. Students will view two segments of the Craft... MORE »
Jim Bassler at the loom

Jim Bassler: Woven in Tradition


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 »
Joyce J Scott

Joyce J. Scott: Sharing Memories and Shaking Things Up


In this lesson, students will study the sculpted beadwork of artist Joyce J. Scott. Students will watch the MESSAGES segment, featuring Scott. The class will examine how Scott draws viewers to her work by making her pieces beautiful, with... MORE »
George Nakashima, Peace Table, Mary Bloom Photograph

Landscape: Natural Connections


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 »
Richard Notkin, Pyramidal Skull Teapot: Military Intelligence I, 1989

Landscape: Personal Connections


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 »
David Gurney, Tea Set. Rachel Gehlhar photograph

Landscape: Place


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 »
Tom Joyce

Memory: Fragments


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Sam Maloof

Memory: Hand to Home


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Jamex de la Torre Einar de la Torre

Memory: Roots


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Tanya Aguiñiga in her installation at CAFAM. Douglas Kirkland photograph

Tanya Aguiñiga: Crossing Borders


Students will explore the work of Tanya Aguiñiga, including her furniture design, installations, accessory crafting, and community art projects. Students will consider the ways Aguiñiga crosses borders in her life and in her art making. In studio practice, students... MORE »
Terese Agnew

Terese Agnew: Drawing with Thread


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 »
Teri Greeves

Teri Greeves: Beadworking & Belonging


In this lesson, students will study the work of bead artist Teri Greeves. After watching the Craft In America ORIGINS DVD segment featuring Greeves, students will examine how Greeves’ beadworking signifies and honors her Kiowa heritage. Students will look... MORE »
Lisa Sorrell. Mark Markley photograph

The Sorrell Family: A Perfect Fit


In this lesson, students will learn about the artist Lisa Sorrell, her work as a boot maker, and the process of making leather cowboy boots by hand. Students will gain insight on how a family can contribute to the... MORE »

Glass

Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot for BOK

Community: Continuity and Change


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 »
Garry Knox Bennett and Wendell Castle at Penland School of Crafts, Dana Moore Photograph

Community: Hand in Hand


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 »
Preston Singletary

Crafting a Tale of Ecology


In this lesson, students will view the Preston Singletary segment from the NATURE episode of the PBS series Craft in America. Students will hear from the artist, the team of assistants that help with his glasswork, and independent curator... MORE »
Richard Notkin, Pyramidal Skull Teapot: Military Intelligence I, 1989

Landscape: Personal Connections


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 »
Jamex de la Torre Einar de la Torre

Memory: Roots


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Therman Statom, glass boxes

Sharing Our Stories in School


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 »

Metal

Chloe Darke

Chloe Darke: Function and Expression in Metalsmithing


Students will explore the work of metalsmith Chloe Darke, who produces silverware in traditional patterns for the company Old Newbury Crafters. Additionally, in her own studio work Darke creates expressive vessels she describes as “objects of empowerment,” and these... MORE »
Richard Notkin, Heart Teapot for BOK

Community: Continuity and Change


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 »
Garry Knox Bennett and Wendell Castle at Penland School of Crafts, Dana Moore Photograph

Community: Hand in Hand


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 »
Penland School of Crafts

Community: Show Me


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 »
Mark Markley photograph

History and Improvisation: Making American Music


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 »
George Nakashima, Peace Table, Mary Bloom Photograph

Landscape: Natural Connections


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 »
Richard Notkin, Pyramidal Skull Teapot: Military Intelligence I, 1989

Landscape: Personal Connections


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 »
David Gurney, Tea Set. Rachel Gehlhar photograph

Landscape: Place


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 »
Tom Joyce

Memory: Fragments


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Jamex de la Torre Einar de la Torre

Memory: Roots


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Dave and Roberta Williamson

Roberta & Dave Williamson: Subjective Objects


In this lesson, students will explore the collaborative work of Roberta and Dave 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... MORE »
Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann: Design Vocabulary


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 »

Paper

Ofelia Esparza

Día de los Muertos: Tradition and Translation


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 »
Julie Chen in her studio

Julie Chen: Thinking Outside the Book


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 »
Tom Joyce

Memory: Fragments


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »

Wood

Penland School of Crafts

Community: Show Me


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 »
Mark Markley photograph

History and Improvisation: Making American Music


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 »
George Nakashima, Peace Table, Mary Bloom Photograph

Landscape: Natural Connections


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 »
Sam Maloof

Memory: Hand to Home


Some hands create to record a place and time; others are more intimate gestures about personal histories. In any case our Nation’s collective memory can become tangible when we examine objects created by the hand. This educational guide helps... MORE »
Moulthrop family

The Moulthrops: A Family of Woodturners


In this lesson, students will study the woodturning tradition of three generations of the Moulthrop family. Students will watch Craft In America: FAMILY, featuring the Moulthrops. The class will focus on how the members of Moulthrop family support each... MORE »