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I posted a request for ideas for an art club initiation. I received many
replies and hopefully I remembered to thank them all. One of the ideas
mentioned a trash bag fashion show. I decided to use this. At the
beginning of the evening, I gave each student a name tag that said either
"old master" or "fauve." I gave them a handout with the following
"In Paris in 1905, at the third Salon d'Automne, a group of younger
painters, independent of the academy and the "official" Salon, exhibited
canvases so simplified in design and so shockingly brilliant in color
that a startled critic described the artists as fauves (wild beasts).
At NGHS in 1998, at the Creative Arts Club Initiation, a group of
fauves (wild beasts), seeking admittance to the club and "old master"
(returning member) approval, exhibited fashions and behaviors so
brilliantly creative and shockingly silly that a startled critic declared
the fauves (wild beasts) official members of the Creative Arts Club."
I also gave out an instruction page that listed the responsibilities for
old master, fauve and critic.
The fauves were to design a costume, model it, participate in the brush
race (pushing a paintbrush across the floor with their nose), and serve
refreshments to the old masters. For the garbage bag fashion show, I set
out black and white trash bags, pipe cleaners, the little loops that you
use for potholder weaving, rubberbands, old belts and scarves. I gave them
about thirty minutes to create a unique costume, then they modeled them.
The old masters were told to make appropriate comments (how "wild",
"Interesting", etc.), decide on the winners of the fashion show, organize
the race, and prepare a welcome (a song, cheer, whatever) for the new
members. The critic was an old master who acted as master of ceremonies
and awarded prizes. I gave out door prizes and an old master award, as
well as prizes for the contests. We ate cookies and cleaned up.
The students really seemed to have a good time.