Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ca. 1915
6 1/2 x 8 inches
Collection of the Schesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
8 x 6"
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
Place Woodstock, NY in geographical context. Identify key places in
NYS (Great Lakes, Erie Canal, Hudson River, capital city of Albany,
Woodstock, and its proximity to NYC). This map can also be used to identify
other locations where the Arts and Crafts Movement flourished.
line vs. individual production: Create a sandwich in an assembly line,
vs. make it individually. What are the advantages and disadvantages
to each approach?
haikus about the Arts and Crafts movement, Byrdcliffe, or an individual
work of art: Haikus, Japanese lyric poems consisting of three lines
of 5, 7, 5 syllables, are compelling as a form of assessment. Students
are asked to synthesize their understanding in a clear, concise way.
the impact of urbanization, reform movements, progressive thinkers of
the period, and the Industrial Revolution on the development of the
Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Introduce the writings
of Jane Addams, Walt Whitman, photographs of Jacob Riis, map of United
States showing growth of cities, graphs illustrating immigration rates,
Research and Topics for Discussion
the role of women at Byrdcliffe: see essays by Nancy Green, Ellen Denker,
and Heidi Nasstrom Evans in the exhibition catalogue.
Byrdcliffe to Bob Dylan: Discover the legacy of Byrdcliffe and its impact
on present day Woodstock by exploring Hervey White and his own art colony
called the Maverick. Maverick became well known for their summer music
festivals, the antecedent to the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. http://maverickconcerts.org/
the success of the Arts and Crafts movement as a movement based on democracy
of design and beauty for all. Who was able to afford the products of
Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, and Stickley? What do your students think about
the resurgence of popularity of the Arts and Crafts style? Why might
the Arts and Crafts style be gaining so much popularity now?
Field Trip Ideas
Take a trip to an antique shop. Can you find any Arts and Crafts pieces?
Take a field trip to a contemporary furniture store. Do you see any
Arts and Crafts reproductions? Do you have any at home, school?
else in your community might you find Arts and Crafts pieces? Take a
walking tour of your local community. Are there examples of Arts and
Crafts architecture? What local flora and fauna would have inspired
the artists and artisans of the Arts and Crafts movement?
the larger social and artistic movements of the turn-of-the-century
America to New York State and your local community. Example: Life in
Ithaca, NY in 1903. How does your local community mirror (or contrast
with) the patterns of change happening in the rest of the country at
the time Byrdcliffe was founded?