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