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RE: [teacherartexchange] Project Runway


From: Deb (surreal70_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 11:59:51 PDT

I too am a Project Runway addict. The way artistic process is shown is excellent and Tim is good at facilitating. I teach middle school and have already recommeded that some of my potential fashion designers watch this for a view of how things are done. I also find the wrap up from those who are voted off on the Today show to be interesting. deb from kent

 --- On Fri 08/18, Patricia Knott < > wrote:

From: Patricia Knott [mailto:]


Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 13:57:56 -0400

Subject: [teacherartexchange] Project Runway

Hello folks,<br><br>I must admit I am finding every ways and means of avoiding what I <br>have to do before I go back to school. And always , the thought is <br>what will I do different this year.<br><br>I Hate TV and never watch it. I can't tell you anything about the <br>popular choices or any trivia since the '80's. But, this summer <br>I've been stuck at home and when I want TV to put me to sleep, I <br>channel surf.<br><br>And I found Project Runway.<br>I must say I am hooked and have tried to find all episodes I missed. <br>And, I think, there is something to learn from this show.<br>(For those of you who don't know, PR is fashion design challenge show)<br><br>I am absolutely intrigued with the teaching skills of the Parson's <br>school expert (Tim Gunn) who oversees the design challenges. His <br>attitude and insights prod and inspire the contestants. They "wait " <br>for his approval and his gentle manner is effective. And isn't this <br>just what
we face in the classroom? Sometimes all it takes from <br>him is "grimace" and a question....<br><br>Any how<br>The problems to solve may be something for us to learn from. I <br>especially like the " team problems." Teams and group work is <br>something Ithink we often avoid in art because of the notion that art <br>is an individual expression. But in the "real world" artists and <br>designers have to work with all kinds of other opinions and goals. <br>Learning how to arbitrate, convince, and express the best solutions, <br>I think , becomes as important, as anything.<br><br>I'm looking at all the classes I teach , (and I run the gamut from <br>Photo to Advanced & AP, to Digital and an aesthetics class) and <br>ultimately I have to wonder just what it is I want the kids to exit <br>with? Especially those kids that will not be going on to art careers. <br>What do I want them to carry with them?<br><br>I want most, that they were given a problem to
solve, and somehow <br>found a solution, and somewhere along the line learned that a change <br>here or there may have made the visual more "readable" or "sellable" <br>or more of a "twist" on what was or what can be. I want them to <br>have every opportunity to make a contribution, whether it be <br>individual or part of a team.<br><br>The one thing apparent in all of the contestants of PR is a sense of <br>self confidence. Even when they get "booted" they believe in <br>themselves and their abilities. That's what I want to give.<br><br>Patty<br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>>

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