Students will examine the work of Tyree Guyton and consider how an artist can act as a curator. Students will plan, collect, and curate objects that reflect a personally meaningful community tradition and document their collection using photography.
Students will define the responsibilities and skills of a curator and consider how an artist can act as a curator.
Students will examine the artwork of Tyree Guyton and analyze how it reflects himself and his community.
Students will plan, collect, and curate objects that reflect a personally meaningful community tradition.
Introduce the responsibilities and skills of a curator and discuss how an artist can act as a curator.
Show the artwork of Tyree Guyton and assist students in analyzing how it reflects himself and his community.
Facilitate planning, collecting, and curating objects that reflect a personal community tradition.
Demonstrate how to document their collections using photography, and explain its significance in an artist statement.
Teacher Prep Time
Student Studio Time
2 hours and 20 minutes
Supplies and Materials
Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art: J. H. Shapiro, ISBN 1580893856
Pencil and eraser
Sketchbook or paper
Various collected objects
Optional: Digital photo editing tools
Understanding the Role of Curators
Identify a curator’s role.
Define the curatorial responsibilities of selecting, acquiring, presenting, preserving, and communicating about artworks using the Complete the Defining Art Careers: Curator resource as a class guide.
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