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!