Famous Artwork Fashion & Wearable Art (and Other Projects) – Junior High

by | Nov 22, 2021

The Junior High class doesn’t get the press it deserves! And, with regret, I realize I don’t have as many pictures as I wish I did to showcase their work. This is a fantastic group of students and they all work hard at every assignment I give them.

The 7th and 8th-grade students completed fashion design pages in time for parent-teacher conferences. At the time, they were in the process of designing and constructing a wearable art piece accessory. The students used recyclable and craft items found in the art room to complete this project; so while results were not the level of refinement the students might have dreamed of, it did challenge them to look at and use items in new ways. Both the fashion designs and wearable art were inspired by a famous artwork of their choice (I provided about 10 to choose from). The resulting display received lots of great comments from peers and staff!

This class then spent a class period following a guided Notan square using basic shapes to learn the concept and function of this art form. The concept is simple but the execution can be complex – as the students figured out when it was their turn to design their own Notans. I am pleased with the level of complexity some students chose, but have huge respect for the students who started with something complex, attempted, then revised and simplified their work in order to have a successful project.

This past week the students have made pony bead belts inspired by Wampum using the design page and instructions made available by There’s a Dragon in My Art Room (plbrown.blogspot). The weaving concept was easily picked up by this class and most students had their belts done within just a couple of classes!

At the start of the semester, I surveyed the students and several noted they hoped to work with clay by the end of the course. I hope to end the semester by constructing clay luminaries!