The Art of Seating Educator Guide
In Telfair Museums' Art of Seating we have a clear example of how objects themselves can tell stories. Chairs, perhaps better than any one object, can truly capture the essence of design. A cultural universal, like shelter or clothing, seating embodies the culture or style from which it came. In this collection of over 40 examples of chairs we have a prime opportunity to compare and contrast the varying forces that produced them, whether cultural, geographic or artistic.
THE ART OF SEATING 200 YEARS OF AMERICAN DESIGN Designed and Manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, North Carolina Current, 2004 Designed by Thomas E. Warren Manufactured by the American Chair Co., Troy, New York Centripetal Spring Arm Chair, c. 1850 SEATING IN EARLY AMERICA * * Ionic Bench, Laurie Beckerman. Birch plywood laminate, 2010. SS1H1 b) Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms) SS1E1 The student will identify goods that people make and services they provide for each other. SS2H1 b) Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present ELACC2SL2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. ELACC2RI3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. VA1MC.3 b) Examines common subjects and themes in selected artworks from own and other cultures, such as the world of play, foods, costumes, celebrations, communities, and nature. VA1MC.3 d) Looks at objects and thinks about ideas in relationship to one another and observes relationships in works of art VA1PR1 Creates artworks based on personal experience and selected themes. VA2CU.1 Creates artwork that explores ideas, issues, and events from current and past cultures. VA2CU.2 c) Theorizes and suggests how culture and environment provide inspiration for creating artworks VA2C.1 Creates works of art inspired by universal themes (e.g., self, family, community, world). ď‚˘ Johnson Wax Company Chair, Frank Lloyd Wright. Steel, upholstery, brass. 1938. Current, Vivian Beer. Steel and auto paint, 2004. ď‚Ł MCC1.G.1 Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and threesided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes MCC1.G.2. Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape. MCC2.G.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes. ELACC1SL5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings ELACC2SL2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from written texts read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. S1CS5 a) Describe and compare things in terms of number, shape, texture, size, weight, color, and motion. b) Draw pictures (grade level appropriate) that correctly portray features of the thing being described. S2CS5 a) Describe and compare things in terms of number, shape, texture, size, weight, color, and motion. b) Draw pictures (grade level appropriate) that correctly portray features of the thing being described. VA1PR.1 b) Creates artworks emphasizing one or more elements of art (e.g., color, line, shape, space, form, texture). VA1PR.2 b) Identifies lines and shapes in order to draw an object. VA2AR.1 c) uses art terminology with emphasis on the elements of art: line, shape, form, color, space, and texture. d) Differentiates horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. Ionic Bench, Laurie Beckerman. Birch plywood laminate, 2010. McKinley Chair, David Wolcott Kendall. Oak and cane, 1894-96. Johnson Wax Company Chair, Frank Lloyd Wright. Enameled steel, upholstery, brass, 1938. TELFAIR ACADEMY AND OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE, MARCH 9 – OCTOBER 7, 2013 JEPSON CENTER, MARCH 23, 2013 – FEBRUARY 2, 2014 JEPSON CENTER, APRIL 16- SEPTEBMER 15, 2013 JEPSON CENTER, APRIL 26 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2013