SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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" I am fascinated by the seemingly endless possibilities of this medium and am ever expanding its range by inventing new techniques and using them in ways that challenge the viewer's preconceived notions of beadwork in the twentieth century. " —David Chatt, contemporary beadworker craft in the classroom Investigate Have students read the quote by David Chatt above. Note his artwork below, and visit www.craftinamerica. org/artists_fiber/story_318.php to find out more about his work. Check out the virtual exhibition of fiber art and the artist's website, www.davidchatt. com. How does his artwork challenge our preconceived notions of beadwork? Engage students in a discussion in which they compare David Chatt's beadwork to that created by Teri Greeves. How are they similar? How are they different? How does each artist anticipate the future? Have students investigate the history of American Indian beads and beadworking. The Hudson Museum at the University of Maine provides a history and beautiful images of Northeastern beadwork from the seventeenth century to the present (www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum/ virtual1.htm). Make Have students explore the process of beading. Suggest that, like Teri Greeves, they can embellish something that normally wouldn't be decorated. What items of contemporary clothing (shoes, hats, etc.) or objects (lunch box, cell phone, water bottle, etc.) might they bead? Will their motifs be geometric, floral, or what Greeves calls "pictorial"? Students should create the bead design on a fairly small piece of felt and attach the fabric to their objects. Make several sketches, choose a favorite, and simplify the pattern to include a few colors and shapes. To sew, push a bead needle, threaded with beading thread, from the back of the fabric to a line drawn on the front. Select three seed beads of the appropriate color and place them on the needle. Push needle through fabric next to the last bead. Repeat, adding beads to complete the design. Craft in America is a monthly feature in SchoolArts magazine by Marilyn Stewart, professor of art education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; and Kathleen Walck, art educator, Kutztown, PA, for Craft in America, Inc. David Chatt, White Men in Suits, 2002, Harriet Burger photograph. Teri Greeves, Prayer Blanket, 2006, James Hart, photograph. Teri Greeves, Prayer Blanket (detail), 2006, James Hart, photograph. Teri Greeves working in her studio. Teri Greeves, NDN Art, 2008. craft in America: The Series Craft in America's nationally broadcast PBS documentary series seeks to celebrate craft by honoring the artists who create it. In three episodes entitled "Memory," "Landscape," and "Community," Craft in America television viewers travel throughout the United States visiting America's premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects, and into the homes, businesses, and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. The primary objective of the series is to convey to a national audience the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. Educator Guides Three Educator Guides accompany Craft in America. Each guide—Memory, Landscape, and Community—relates to and reflects the core ideas, artists, and art forms presented in the corresponding series episode. Educator Guides are available at www.pbs.org/teachers. ordering the DVD and companion Book To order the Craft in America DVD for long-term viewing and classroom use, or to order the companion book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects contact PBS Video at 1-800-752-9727, or www.shoppbs.com/teachers. schoolartsonline.com 19

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