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)
This powerpoint does not focus on materials and techniques but it rather focuses on the critique and variety of a good design. It focuses on aesthetics and balancing your use of the elements of art. It discusses the reasons throughout history for why jewelry has been worn (functional, symbolism, display of wealth, protection, and artistic display). It is loaded toward the end with many pictures and examples of really cool designs and even some themes classes could discuss for design ideas.
The way I have designed this lesson is to give the freedom to each student to choose their own materials and techniques. Students can even be very creative with the explanation and reasoning for their design. For example, a student could design some jewelry for the monsters that live under the bed. The amount of detail the student could go into is endless for the creativity in design. The student could design a hierarchy or government for the monsters and pick a position like a priest or assassin for which to tailor their design. The function/materials/design of jewelry that an bed monster priest would wear would be insanely different than that of an under the bed assassin. However all materials would be made of things you could find under the bed (coins, socks, old toys, etc.) They just need to follow the layout in my separate paperwork to meet all of the requirements for the project. The possibilities are endless!
In order to maintain student attention during this presentation I have included a dumb little trick. If you like it; good. If you don't you can simply delete them. I do have to say that the trick works! I have laced the entire presentation with pictures of puppies. :) It might sound strange but it fulfills its purpose very well. When starting a jewelry lesson all those who are not interested usually shut their brains down along with their attention spans. The puppies actually help a lot. You don't have to keep them but I just wanted to give warning that they exist. Whether or not you use them is your choice but they DO help in a fun and silly way.