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ERIC Number: ED450032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How Can I Get an Idea Like That? A Student Guide to the Hemphill Folk Art Collection.
Bredin, Elizabeth Shear
This guide prepares students for a visit to the Hemphill Folk Art Collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The guide includes a map showing the six states from where the art works originated; questions and answers about the art; and activities for students. As students read the guide and look at the photographs of the art works, they are asked to think about why every person has the "urge to create." The following art works are shown and discussed: "Gorilla" (1976) by Felipe Benito Archuleta, a carved and painted cottonwood figure; "Ohio State University Stadium" (1984) by William Hawkins, enamel housepaint on paneling with a painted wood frame; "Bottlecap Lion" (after 1966) by an unidentified artist, a figure of carved and painted wood, bottlecaps, flashcubes, fiberboard, and plastic; "Fan Quilt, Mount Carmel" (January 16, 1893) by residents of Bourbon County, Kentucky, embroidered, appliqued, and pieced cotton, wool, and silk with paint and chromolithographic decals; "Mickey Mouse Kachina" (after 1930) by an unidentified Hopi artist, a figure of carved and painted cottonwood, feathers, and string; and "Wedding Cake Basket" (1986) by Mary Adams, sweet grass and ash splint basketry. (BT)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 9th and G Street NW, MRC: 210, Washington, DC 20560; Web site: (
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.