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Re: [teacherartexchange] runway


From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 15:36:05 PDT

That's exactly what I like!
The problem solving within certain "means." and maybe a time frame.
Make them think quick and
and don't eliminate because of faulty thinking but relish in the
thinking. I have not seen anything on PR that I couldn't translate
to some kind of problem that wasn't about fashion.
>> Make a modern outfit for one of these glamour women, audrey
>> hepburn, marilyn monroe, jackie kennedy, Katheryn herpburn,
>> twiggy, etc.

I loved this and it got me thinking about what was needed to make
the outfit. If I translate that to my class, it''s not so much about
the "in the style of" but what were the circumstances for the design
decisions? Any time we take an icon and want to transform the
interpretation, we have to consider the prior knowledge. What a
great way to get in to the history and make the student
responsible for the research.

I also love the open ended assignments. What better way to know that
given some choices, the student will come up with a variety of
responses. How the judges make the contestants justify their
responses is also enlightening. They demand a reason.
I also think that the contestants, no matter how much they hate the
assignment, will comply and work within the parameters. This tells
me something about how kids will do, if there is a "stake" in the
doing. I'm not giving any great prizes in my art classes, but they
sure do have to know a goal that benefits them in some way.

Always ask why am I asking them to do this?


On Aug 18, 2006, at 5:51 PM, Diane Davis wrote:

> It's not so much the teaching that gets me watching that show. But
> the open ended assignments and watching the variety of solutions
> that intrigues me. The cool thing is that they usually have 30
> minutes to sit and design in their sketchbooks, 30 minutes for
> shopping for materials, a budget for the dress and a time limit on
> when it must be done. Usually it is 10-20 hours total.
> Examples of projects:
> take pictures around NY city and design an outfit based on one of
> those pictures.
> here is a dog. Using the dog as an accessory, design an outfit that
> represents the dog while also designing an outfit for the dog.
> Here is a recycle center. Taking only things from the paper,
> cardboard, plastics and metal bins, design an outfit that reflects
> your style.
> Design an outfit for a barbie doll, then make it for your model as
> well.
> Make an outfit completely out of things from a flower shop-flowers,
> vines, etc.
> Make an outfit out of anything you can find in your room....bed
> linens, sheets, towels, rugs, curtains, etc.
> make a new outfit out of the outfit you wore last night to the party.
> Make an outfit/makeover for another designer in the contest
> Make a wedding dress based on the dream wedding dress of your model.
> Make a modern outfit for one of these glamour women, audrey
> hepburn, marilyn monroe, jackie kennedy, Katheryn herpburn, twiggy,
> etc.
> And some classics: design an evening gown for miss America,
> lingerie, a dress for a particular company, a skating outfit for a
> professional skater...
> diane
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