ERIC Number: ED396973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Public Sculpture: America's Legacy. America Past and Present. Study Guide.
Powe, Faye; Carter, Richard, Ed.
This guide presents public sculpture as an effective instructional tool, with the primary emphasis on works contributing to a sense of national or community identity. Sculptures are introduced according to the chronology of persons or events commemorated. The 10 lessons focus on United States history from the Civil War to the present. Unit 1: "Civil War Period," looks at (1) "Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln Memorial" (Henry Bacon); and (2) "Civil War Soldiers: Robert Gould Shaw Memorial" (Augustus Saint-Gaudens). Unit 2: "Western Frontier," examines (3) "Cowboys: Vaquero" (Luis Jimenez); and (4) "Pioneer Women: Madonna of the Trail" (August Leimbach). Unit 3, "Conflict and Resolution," presents (5) "World War II: Iwo Jima Memorial" (Felix de Weldon); (6) "Civil Rights Movement: Civil Rights Memorial" (Maya Ying Lin); and (7) "War in Southeast Asia: Vietnam Veterans Memorial" (Maya Ying Lin). Unit 4: "Community and Environment," looks at (8) "River Towns: Cincinnati Gateway" (Andrew Leicester); (9) "Desert Towns: Wall Cycle to Ocotillo" (Mags Harries and Lajos Heder); and (10) "The Environment: Face Plate" (Buster Simpson). The sculptures are examined in terms of their historic, cultural, and social context and meaning. Each lesson provides background material on the monument and its context, a fact file summary, and a glossary of terms relevant to the lesson. A "Looking at the Monument" section encourages aesthetic analysis of each sculpture. Activities are given for practicing critical thinking skills. Interdisciplinary projects relevant to the sculpture are given. The guide concludes with "Artist Biographies"; "Further Reading"; "A Time Line"; and "Photography and Illustration Credits." (MM)
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Art Criticism, Art Education, Art History, Community, Environment, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Sculpture, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
Crystal Productions, 1812 Johns Drive, P.O. Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159 ($85--resource kit includes a VHS videotape, 20 slides, 22 prints and a study guide).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.