This lesson was designed for one of my classes that I call “Life Design”. I wanted to make a class that was built entirely around the concept that art is everywhere. This class not only promotes the relevancy of art and design in every part of our everyday world but it also promotes how important it is to learn the basics and build upon them to improve your artistic skills. Every lesson that I teach within this particular class is a vocation that students could use their artistic skills for a living. (Movie makeup, car design, illustration, fashion, tattoos, toys, video games, magazines, graphic design, theatre design, jewelry, comics/graphic novels, culinary arts, fantasy weapons, and murals)
These papers go along with my separate Fashion Design powerpoint. They include a 4 page reading material handout, an assessment page for students to fill out after the lesson to check for understanding, a lesson plan, and a grading rubric for the project. I always have students work in pairs on this project using my mini mannequins (purchased on Ebay for about $22 per mannequin). They must use bits and pieces of influences from another time period or style to help form their new creation. They must also use recycled materials which forces them to think a little more outside the box and saves money on my budget. They can create anything they want so it is very easy for students to enjoy this project even if they do not like fashion. Most of this lesson is not about the particulars of how to make something but instead it is about how to discuss/critique fashion using artistic vocabulary and creative ideas.