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Crafty Communication

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Economics +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

When a piece of craft work is placed in a gallery the narrative of the work grows and viewers are given a chance to entertain a variety of perspectives about the piece. Craft work has the capability to place a message over the functionality of the piece. Every aspect that the artist put into the piece, including the material, adds to the message presented and interpretation of others. The artist is trying to start a conversation between the viewer and the piece as well as give viewers an opportunity to have a conversation among themselves. Students will learn how to make visual sense of an object and form their own opinion about the message that the piece is presenting to them.

Static Fuel

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Rocking Pot

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Practice Bomber Range in the Mississippi Flyway

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Craftsman Series: Shovels

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Black and Grey Toaster

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Edson's Flag

Smithsonian American Art Museum

204 of Thousands

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, D.C. Foreclosure Quilt

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Apocalypse '42

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bad Hare Day

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Notice - Forest (Autumn)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

1.8 Renwick

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Family Reunion

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shadow of Amboseli

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Impressions

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Graphite Pendulum-Pendant

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lost Soul, Found Spirit

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance)

Smithsonian American Art Museum