Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fashion According to Six Year Olds 2.0

Let me preface this post by saying I love kid art.  Obviously.  Being an elementary art teacher and all.  But I know not everyone is as interested in it as I am.  Or maybe you are?  I dunno.  This post is just for fun.  I am constantly inspired by the kids I teach.  There is something about the enthusiasm and the absolute lack of fear that kids have when it comes to creating.  I hope it rubs off on me in my own projects.  I get excited about so many works I see come to fruition during my everyday.  I've wanted to share a few here on the ole' blog, but for some reason I have it in my head that this blog should only be about sewing.  That may have to change.  Just occasionally anyway.


Skirt made of feathers perhaps?  Looks dramatic.

If you've been reading my blog for a little while you'll remember my original first grade fashion post  (from almost two years ago!- have I really had this blog that long!?!).  I don't teach the same lessons every year.   I like variety.  But I tend to teach this lesson about clothing as art every year for selfish reasons.  It's right up my alley.


Scallops and seaming on the pink strapless dress.  That would be fun to make.
 
We start the lesson by talking about clothing as an art form.  I read a book about clothing around the world and we talk about fashion designers.  I show them lots of fashion sketches and talk about how clothing designers are artists who spend a lot of time drawing and dreaming of new ideas.  Then we become fashion designers and sketch our ideas.  The sketches are my favorite part. 


 This one doesn't have any color, but I love the stripey dress with the bubble sleeves.  It looks like some haute couture piece that would be in a museum.  I happen to like the shark tee shirt, too. 

All of these drawings are from that first day.  Later on, we actually create an "outfit" out of scraps of construction paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper and anything else we can get our hands on.  The outfit is made large, glued underneath an oval.  When we are finished, we cut out the oval so the kids can "try on" their creation.  Hilarity ensues.
 
  

The hair!  The hair just kills me.

I made a dress from a student's sketch before.  In fact, the projects I am most excited about are the ones that are inspired by kid art or related things.  Like my painted jacket and stuffed lion.  I think one day I'll find my niche and figure out exactly what kind of artist I want to be.  One day when I grow up.  And it's going to involve kid art.  For now, I'm just having fun.


That dress above is a work of art, don't you think?  I can see it in real life.  Scallops on the side, purple brooch and yellow fringe at the bottom.


Don't forget that pets can wear clothing, too.   J thinks dogs in sweaters are weird looking because they don't have pants on, too.


How about some men's wear?  I'm now convinced that men's fashion should always be accessorized with a sword and a top hat.


This looks like something Jack White would wear.  Anyone see Austin City Limits the other night?


I saw a pair of jeans in a magazine the other day that I'm going to replicate when my waistline comes back.  They were regular old denim at the top.  Then they were pink denim from just above the knee to the hem.  I thought they were very cool.  These pants remind me of them.


I saved my favorite for last.  See that dress turned sideways in the corner?  I'm going to make that dress post baby.  I already have a plan to paint some fabric for it.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!


32 comments:

  1. Ok, I had to go check out all of your art clothing projects after reading this post. I loved them, especially the painted jacket! As a fellow art-maker/art-appreciator/seamster, I would love to read more about your art and teaching.

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  2. Your kid art outfit actually inspired my sewing dare!! With four little people that have a passion for drawing I am overrun with artwork, lol. I do love to see what they create! My favorite part is listening to them talk to one another about their projects and listening to them explain what everything means.

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  3. I love kid art too!!! Ack! So good!!! I love those shoes in the last one! (Sorry for the overly excited use of exclamation points - but I'm just THAT excited!! ) A handpainted rainbow/ombre dress would be so good. Kids are the coolest...

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  4. I love that you made a dress based off the kids drawings! I was reminded of this artist who makes stuffed animals based on kids drawings www.childsown.com

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  5. These are all great, but the pet sweater and accessories to go with the various outfits are just the best.

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  6. so freaking awesome.. now i have to find a child to design my birthday party dress

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  7. Oh my gosh!! These are GREAT!! Would your students be interested in making me art work???? Owen just isn't *quite* there yet. ;) Matt says I am the mean mom who underappreciates her kid's work. Ha!

    Those kids are so fashion forward. LOL But seriously great inspiration for you!

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  8. I adore kid art too.. in fact our walls display many examples of our own children's artwork. These are completely awesome!! I love the idea of the bi-colour jeans, and I would love to follow your lead there!

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  9. TOTAL AWESOMITY. UNIVERSE AWESOME DOMINANCE.

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  10. So fun, kids are way more interesting than grown-ups.
    On a semi related note, and since you're the only teacher I know of, have you heard about American Girl's "Elevate the Arts" contest? Their newest doll character is into art and her story revolves around saving the art program at her school after funding cuts. I don't know all the details but it involves student art and creative writing I think. Anyways, the $10,000 prize seems worth passing along the information: http://www.americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/saige/elevate.php

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    1. Thanks for that link! Sounds like it's right up my alley.

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  11. TELL ME MORE!!!!! I'm dying to try all of this with my class, but I could use a little more direction. How do you look at designers? How big are the final outfits? What assessment criteria are you looking for? How do you pitch it so the boys don't think it is a "girl" thing? (Ugh - gender roles ARE SO DUMB!) I'm seriously love to give this a go - I've been thinking about your old post about this for months, actually. It all just sounds so fun!

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  12. I Love It!!!! I really love the pictures, they're so fun and like a breath of fresh air! I have to check out your other art fashion projects now! And I can't wait to see your painted dress!

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  13. I wish you were my teacher when I was little! This is a gorgeous idea!!

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  14. That first dress is amazing .. and the men's fashion .. and the shoes. these posts are an inspiration. Don't hold back!

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  15. I did enjoy them as much as you did! I want to reconnect with that inner freedom to try anything... Although my teens might not enjoy it as much as me ;) X

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  16. I love this post! I love your blog in general, but I think kid's art is inspiring in a special way because they are way more free in their ideas than grownups are. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness! :-)

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  17. This is so cool! What a fun post-- thanks for sharing! Love the idea for your dress and the color-blocked jeans! Awesome!

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  18. Delightful! I love the color block jeans (I'd do orange, hot pink and something in between) and that first dress is probably my favorite (although when I first saw it, I thought it was a bunch of pink bananas). I've really enjoyed teaching sewing to kids - they are less afraid of making mistakes and are so easily enthused.

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  19. Hello Liza Jane, this video was mentioned in the bra sew-along and I thought you might be interested ... it is for making a simple, unwired bra with a maternity variation :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6_Wp_btwQk

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  20. These are fabulous. I'm intrigued by the first one- does it have a head?? My daughter is 4, well nearly 5, and hearing the explanations
    is hilarious. She drew a dinasour with 5 legs the other day! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Lol! I think the top part is supposed to be a bodice. But I could be wrong!

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  21. Virtually none of my time is given up by children, so I'm finding these sketches so heartwarming. The simplistic point of view where nothing is complicated, prevented or impossible. The first sketch honestly looks like something out of a designers ideas book simply because its so whimsical! You're so lucky to get to do this for a job :)

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  22. I love kid art and where I work we have lots of kids art classes and it is fascinating and amazing to see what they create.
    My Miss 9 has been learning hairdos on YouTube and wants to style my next 'Pretty Dress' blog post!

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