Young Rembrandts of North Dallas’ Fashion Runway Camp held at Tom Muehlenbeck Center in Plano brought together fashionistas ages 8—13. With various levels of drawing skills, the students quickly discovered new and exciting things about the world of fashion and art. They learned about eco-friendly fabrics, vintage clothing and earth friendly jewelry created from rain forest seeds. From magazine photos they saw the latest hairstyles, fashion trends, shoes and purses. The main focus centered on fashion drawing techniques to compliment their budding ideas.
The Fashion Camp worked on drawing basics to help build a solid foundation. The board had samples of actual fashion designer’s sketches. It also showed the Young Rembrandts’ step-by-step tools of breaking down the elements by creating shapes and symbols. This teaching method helps to take the mystery out of drawing. An inspiration table was filled with beautiful fashion pictures from this month’s magazines including InStyle, Vogue, Elle and Glamour.
The inspiration table also contained different types of fabric swatches. Over 100 labeled samples introduced the students to new sustainable organic fabrics made from pineapples and bamboo along with more traditional favorites like silk charmeuse. The fashionistas saw examples of Asian motif hand dyed silk belts and scarves. They also touched a garment made from bamboo fibers and commented on its softness.
The first day concentrated on learning drawing basics and proportions of faces and torsos. The second day worked with sketching the full body, accessories, and learning more color pencil techniques. The final day the fashionistas drew their own designs on runway models. Their ideas included textures, patterns, stylish shoes and jewelry. The week passed too quickly, but the young artists were given a starting point and left with enthusiasm for design. One student mentioned wanting to design clothes for dogs. She was given a photo of a dog wearing a pink princess outfit. Another showed an interest in creating her own jewelry. But the most important lesson for the students was developing the love of art and self-expression.
Jeran Walker, an art teacher in both public and private schools for 23 years, shared her philosophy about teaching art, “As I see it, the standardized tests set up a no win situation for the teachers and students. The teachers are pressured and no one can really relax and enjoy the process of learning. I teach art like baking a cake--you assemble the ingredients--art elements, basic concepts, art history, art appreciation, various tools, media, and you mix it all together. Any recipe is followed loosely, changes are allowed. Outcomes are individualized. Exploration and innovation is encouraged. Excitement on the part of the learner is intrinsic. This has been true when teaching art from Pre-k 4 year olds, seniors in high school, and adult students.
You tap into parts of the brain when exploring art that are often submerged and ignored when teaching the core subjects. You reach students in a completely different way. My students come in excited and amazed by the process and end results. No two pictures look alike and they aren't supposed to. We have a lot of fun and they leave with beautiful and interesting artwork. It’s all part of a day's work.”
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