Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – Contemporary Craft Works


Program Description:

Craft artists push beyond traditions by testing the limits of materials and techniques. Whether using clay, metal, glass, or fiber, these artists create works that blur the lines between art and craft and encourage us to see everyday objects in new ways. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.

After participation in this videoconference, your students will be better able to:

  • Understand the materials and traditions artists use to create craft works;
  • Identify ways artists have broken from traditions to express their ideas;
  • Reflect upon and assess craft works using visual vocabulary;
  • Discuss the purpose of both functional and nonfunctional artworks.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)