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Nancy Jacobsohn

Contact Name: Nancy Jacobsohn

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Phone: (931) 738-9006

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Nan Jacobsohn was born in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She earned a BA in art education from Pasadena College in California in 1970 and an MLAS from Vanderbilt in 2000. After graduation, she spent the next ten years teaching high school art in public schools in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. In Tennessee, she worked for Cheekwood Fine Arts Center and Botanical Gardens as an teacher, then an Outreach Coordinator, and finally as the Director of Education. In 1996 Nan began working as a full time studio artist as a sculptor in clay. She is an exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Guild, Foothills Guild and Piedmont Guild. Her work is represented in galleries and collections throughout the United States and Canada and has multiple pieces represented in the Tennessee State Museum collection. She teaches clay sculpture workshops across the country as a teaching artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission. Nan Jacobsohn lives in Sparta Tennessee, is married to wood carver, Russ Jacobsohn, and has two daughters, Beth Cavener Stichter and Vicki Cavener.

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Program Title: Historical Bas Reliefs

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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It was useful in many ancient cultures to educate the common man with monumental art works that would both inform and impress. Sculpture in relief form was used with not only the Greeks and Romans, but also Mayans, Assyrians, Chinese, Indians and many others. Exploring the local history can be fertile subject matter for a mural. It not only educates the students who research it, but serves as a reminder for future viewers. It is possible to include as large a number of students in the design and construction as desired. Clay lends itself well to this expression because it allows for the greatest detail and can be constructed from component parts to make a cohesive whole. It is a great example of how to tackle large scale projects. This project can be adapted to all grade levels, but is best with grade levels 7-12.

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Program Title: Animal Sculpture

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Human beings have been fascinated with animal images at least since the cave man as illustrated by the early cave paintings in Lascaux and the petro glyphs in the American Southwest. Throughout art history there are examples of portraying animals as personal symbols, political images and even worshiping selected animals as gods. Artists have been portraying them realistically as portraits or stylistically for decorative elements. Most students can identify a favorite animal they would enjoy sculpting in clay. It would be useful to have student’s research images of that animal previously done by artists either modern or ancient. For elementary students, using a pinch pot as a starting point for animal shapes works well. For grade levels 7-12 it is useful to explore using paper armatures as a starting point.

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Program Title: Portrait Busts

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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There is a long artistic tradition of three dimensional portraits in clay from Queen Nefertiti to the Easter Island heads. The Chinese Terra Cotta army has individual heads on each warrior. We look to faces and expressions for emotional feedback. What makes a likeness? Sculpting facial features creates an opportunity to make observations about proportion, texture, line, and shape as it applies to making a likeness in clay. All age groups enjoy portraying faces. If space and clay supplies are limited, the face can be done in a mask format. Demonstrations of specific features such as lips, eyes, nose and ears will assist students in their efforts.

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