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An online course presented by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
with Instructor Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation

 4 Sessions  |  Saturdays, August 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2020  |   1:00 EDT   |   $25/session


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Saturday, August 8 | 1 - 2pm EDT

1. Newcomb College: An Art Industry for Southern Women [ Read More ]


Saturday, August 15 | 1 - 2pm EDT

2. Tough as Nails: Female Metalworkers of the Arts and Crafts [ Read More ]

Fee: $25

Location: ZOOM Online [ learn how ]



Saturday, August 22 | 1 - 2pm EDT

3. Industry Leaders: Maria Longworth Nichols, Louise McLaughlin, and Susan Frackleton [ Read More ]

Fee: $25

Location: ZOOM Online [ learn how ]



Saturday, August 29 | 1 - 2pm EDT

4. Adelaide Robineau and Art Education in the United States  [ Read More ]

Fee: $25

Location: ZOOM Online [ learn how ]



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Making Her Mark

All too often the history of the Arts and Crafts movement is told from a male perspective that undervalues the contributions and skills of the women who helped define the practice and aesthetics of this period. As individual craft workers, to key players in larger concerns, to the heads of major operations, women were essential to the movement. Making Her Mark: Women in the American Arts and Crafts Movement is a four-part series that explores the female artisans, entrepreneurs, and educators that shaped the movement many so cherish today.









Newcomb College: An Art Industry for Southern Women

Saturday, August 8 | 1 - 2pm EDTNewcombStudio HistoricPic




Emerging out of the Reconstruction period's mentality and fusing that with the emphases on self-improvement and manual training espoused by many in the Arts and Crafts movement, Newcomb College became a locus for artistic achievement that provided women the skills necessary for dignified employment at a time when options were severely limited. In an abrupt inversion of the societal norms, men's roles at the enterprise were almost entirely as support staff, their contributions limited to the manner in which they could assist with the broader mandate of elevating the work and vision of the craftswomen. This session explores the contributions of Newcomb College, from pottery to metalwork to textiles, not only for the artistic qualities recognized both then and now, but as a model for the advancement of young women that shaped other ventures in the period.


Image: Newcomb Pottery Building. Washington Avenue Campus, ca. 1905. Newcomb Art School Scrapbook, University Archives, Tulane University. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.





Tough as Nails: Female Metalworkers of the Arts and Crafts

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Saturday, August 15 | 1 - 2pm EDT




Although the field of metalwork tended to be dominated by males in the period, women played a crucial role in the dissemination of the aesthetic and the rising popularity of hand-crafted metalwork throughout the first decades of the twentieth century. This session focuses primarily on the careers of Jessie Preston and Elizabeth Copeland, using their work and lives as a lens to think more broadly about the contributions of craftswomen in this field. While both were heralded in the time as exceptional designers and skilled craft workers, their paths diverged in the 1910s as Preston shifted her focus to the rehabilitative aspects of handicrafts, eventually traveling to France to work with soldiers wounded in World War I. By unpacking the careers of these two exceptional women, the full range of Arts and Crafts ideals is explored and made concrete.


Image: American silverware in the Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth E. Copeland. Sailko / CC BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0





Industry Leaders: Maria Longworth Nichols, Louise McLaughlin, and Susan Frackleton

Saturday, August 22 | 1 - 2pm EDT



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The history of art pottery in the United States cannot be told without recognizing the tremendous impact that women had on the development of this industry. More than forty years before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment finally guaranteed their right to vote, women were reshaping the ceramics industry in large operations and as individual ceramists. This session examines three of the most important contributors to the field to think about the women who shaped this field as industry leaders whose work continues to shape the manner in which we understand and appreciate American Art Pottery.


Image: Susan Stuart (Goodrich) Frackelton, American painter and ceramics artist, Public Domain.





Adelaide Robineau and Art Education in the United States

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Saturday, August 29 | 1 - 2pm EDT




Adelaide Robineau's long career and numerous contributions to the Arts and Crafts movement is difficult to sum up succinctly. A talented ceramist whose command of porcelain and high-fired glazes as a practice for the individual potter made her an exception amongst her peers, that aspect of her work often overshadows the tremendous contributions she made through her publication of the magazine Keramic Studio and related books and pamphlets. More than just a resource for the aspiring potter and professional alike, Robineau's magazine was a major force in the spread of Arts and Crafts design ideals. This session considers Robineau not only as ceramist, but as educator and entrepreneur to highlight the multifaceted achivements of her storied career.


Image:  Adelaide Alsop Robineau, between 1910 and 1911, University City Public Library Archives. Eugene Taylor / Public domain.








Important Information on ZOOM
This course uses the easy-to-navigate ZOOM video conferencing platform. Course participants are responsible for providing their own means for attending. Technology assistance will not be available during course sessions.
New to the ZOOM video conferencing platform?
Perform a Zoom test ahead of each session.
If you are unable to join the meeting, visit the ZOOM Support Center for useful information.
Newcomers to ZOOM, you will need to download an app. The ZOOM website has many instructional videos to teach you how to use it!

Technical Considerations

Participants will need a relatively modern device (PC, MAC, TABLET, PHONE) and strong/reliable internet access.

While Wi-fi can work if your home/office has excellent connectivity, a wired internet connection to your device is highly recommended.

You can test the speed of your internet connection by visiting https://www.speedtest.net. An upload speed of 10mbps or greater is advised.

If internet access is being shared in your home/office and others are downloading or streaming video at the same time, you may experience connectivity issues.

Close other applications running on your computer before joining the ZOOM session.





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