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Lesson Plans


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Fields, Linda (
Wed, 4 Mar 1998 13:27:30 -0500

Kathryn-The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC did an exhibit
of Biggers' work -View From the Upper Room.In conjunction with it, the
outreach educators invited 16 schools to work with them in producing 2
4'x6' canvas panels based on Biggers' work. The schools applied and were
chosen from different regions of the state. My region is the Piedmont
and I did this project with my Art III-IV class, altho' Art II and art
club helped some with the painting. We worked with an American history
class to brainstorm symbols that could represent this region, then
designed 2 companion panels. You can see the fruits of our labors (and
that of the other schools) if you go to the NC Museum page at
When you get there, I believe you click on class projects.The
title of the project is Stately Impressions. The mural from Eastern
Guilford HS is ours.
Deborah Reid-Murphy is the outreach coordinator and I am sure she would
be glad to send you additional information.(North Carolina Museum of
Art, Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC) There are at least two Biggers'
murals located at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC
also, and they will also have useful information. A great book is The
Art of John Biggers:View From the Upper Room by Alvia J. Wardlow; Harry
N. Abrams, Inc. in assoc. with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
I am originally from Pennsylvania and my brother is a Penn State
grad. He is currently Art Coordinator for Lower Merion Schools in PA, so
I wish you extra luck. By the way, I know of several openings in art in
Charlotte for next year. Jon Biggers' home was Gastonia, NC-very close
to Charlotte. His nephew, Jim, is also an artist and art teacher in NC.
Let me know if I can help you further. Linda Fields
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> From: Kathryn[SMTP:klm231]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 1998 10:09 AM
> To:
> Hello everyone, I am a student at Penn State and I am currently taking
> an
> art education course. We are creating a lesson plan to present to our
> class
> based on a work of an artist. I chose to use John Biggers because he
> had
> attended Penn State and we have a few of his murals displayed on
> campus. I
> am focusing on his murals "Day of the Harvest" and "Night of the
> Poor,"
> which are at Penn State and I was wondering if anyone could give me
> ideas on
> lessons or possible directions I could move in approaching his work
> and tie
> in other disciplines. Or if anyone can offer information on this
> wonderful
> man or help me in locating sources for my reasearch it would be a
> tremendous
> help. Is there a way I could contact John Biggers himself, even?
> Thank you
> very much for your help and support.......Kathryn