ERIC Number: ED471477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Chesterwood: The Workshop of an American Sculptor. Teaching with Historic Places.
The late 19th- and early 20th-century sculptor, Daniel Chester French, spent 34 summers working daily at Chesterwood (Stockbridge, Massachusetts), his summer studio and home. The workplace was designed specifically for creating monumental public structures, works such as the "Abraham Lincoln" that forms the centerpiece of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. But beyond the open door of his studio, French could admire a panoramic view of the rolling Berkshire Hills. This lesson is based on the Daniel Chester French Home and Studio file. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on late 19th and early 20th century reform and urban movements or in an introduction to U.S. art history. It contains eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Stockbridge and Surrounding Area); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The Sculptor: Daniel Chester French; Chesterwood: Home and Workplace; Working on the 'Abraham Lincoln' for the Lincoln Memorial); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Bird's-eye View of Chesterwood; French's Studio at Chesterwood; Main House at Chesterwood; Interior of the Workroom Today; Sculpture on Railroad Track, 1905; 'Minute Man'; 'Abraham Lincoln' Being Installed at the Lincoln Memorial, 1922; Sketch Model of 'Abraham Lincoln'; Working Model of 'Abraham Lincoln'; Detail, 'Abraham Lincoln,' Washington, DC); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Reading a Sculpture; Sculpture as Work; Public Art in the Community); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Artists, Built Environment, Curriculum Enrichment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Primary Sources, Sculpture, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.