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Building Chairs with Don King


From: Sara (sarawren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Sep 18 2004 - 08:48:22 PDT

      Building Chairs with Don King
      Part of the Unit: Crafts, from Gallery to Classroom

Lesson Overview:
Don King, an artist and former range botanist with the U.S. Forest Service, started building furniture to use in his home, a large Shoshone teepee. Using his "Windswept" chair as a starting point, students will investigate the evolution of chair design and the practical, decorative, and artistic functions of this often-overlooked furniture form.

Length of Lesson:
Three 45-minute periods


Instructional Objectives:
Students will:

                   look at, describe, discuss, and compare chairs that are made for decorative and functional purposes.

                   create a brief written report, PowerPoint presentation, or Web page focusing on chairs.

                   build a small, three-dimensional model in the shape of a chair using small sticks/branches and twine or neutral yarn/string.

                   consciously incorporate repetition, movement, and texture.