Alison Saar. Mark Markley photograph

Craft in America: Inspiration | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Friday, January 6, 1 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature this episode of Craft in America. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the artists, origins and techniques behind American craft on PBS LearningMedia.

Inspiration reveals the magic and influence of craft. This episode features artists Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Maddy Leeser, Simon Rodia and Watts Towers, Diedrick Brackens, Ayumi Horie, Suzanne Thao, Mandora Young, Tousue Vang, Chef Yia Vang, and Mary Little.

PBS LearningMedia

Who Inspires You? | Craft in America: Inspiration

Grades 6-12
Use this resource to investigate the work of Alison Saar and discuss possible meaning in some of her artworks. View the video segment in which Alison, her mother, Betye, and her daughter, Maddy Leeser, talk about how they were inspired by Simon Rodia and the Watts Towers, their heritage, and each other. Then investigate materials, techniques, and processes for creating three-dimensional artworks using found objects and materials. Choose objects and materials to create your own artwork that sends a message or conveys meaning.

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