Connecting craft to classrooms: Crafting an American Style lesson plan exchange.In the spring of 2004, I invited arts educators from around the country to participate in a collaborative lesson plan exchange project. The goal: Elevate craft education in the classroom with Crafting an American Style, a documentary on the history of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, airing nationally on public television. The project: Screen the video and develop an age-appropriate lesson plan based on Crafting an American Style, to be posted online for arts educators to download for free. The participants: Five educators representing Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia.
The project was first introduced to five art-education students from Northern Arizona University Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States.
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This included cognitive exercises as well as a hands-on approach with multiple production activities such as basket weaving, ceramics, bookmaking bookmaking
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The Crafting an American Style Lesson Plan Project was also introduced to arts educators at the Maryland, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
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The Crafting an American Style Lesson Plan Exchange Project is just one example of how a small project with a big concept can evolve and open new doors for educators, students, and schools in America. Afterall, if we don't find ways to bring craft to the classroom, who will continue the legacy of the American Arts and Crafts Movement to become America's future craftspeople, gallery owners, art enthusiasts, art collectors, and art educators?
Connect to Other Educators
Art educators teaching all grade levels are encouraged to bring craft into their classroom with Crafting an American Style. Download free lesson plans at www.craftinganamericanstyle.com. Send your new lessons to be added to the Web site by sending an e-mail to DebraA@rosengrp.com.
Debra Anderson is a public affairs coordinator for The Rosen Group, an arts marketing and publishing agency. 410.889.2933 ext. 222