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Fashion Sculpture

Fashion can be fabulous and informative! Discuss what different types of clothing can tell you about a person. Use your sense of style and Crayola® Model Magic® to design an outfit all your own!

  • Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students what they know about fashion. Is fashion limited to runways and designer shows? How is fashion used in everyday life? Can fashion help people identify a police officer in an emergency? In a retail store, can a uniform identify an employee?
    2. Students think about some ways fashion is used to draw conclusions about people. What are students' expectations regarding fashion? Is there a certain style of clothing they expect their teacher to wear? How about their sports coach? What do they expect to see the lead singer of a rock and roll band wearing? Or a waitress?
    3. Ask students how these styles became associated with certain groups of people. Until the end of the 1800’s, doctors wore black cloaks because, as professionals, black was considered a formal color. Why do doctors today wear white lab coats instead? Students do research to find out the answer. What other fashion facts can they find? Make a list of questions to research on the board. Students share the information they discover with the class!
    4. Students design a fashionable outfit for a specific type of person. Create a coat for a secret investigator! What features would the investigator need to have on the coat? Would large pockets help to hide a camera? Maybe a heavy hood would be useful to veil his appearance. Be creative when thinking of unique ways to enhance the clothing!
    5. Mold the outfit with Crayola Model Magic. Start by forming a mannequin on which to drape the clothing. Carefully flatten pieces of Model Magic by pressing down firmly on a hard surface, such as a table. Flatten pieces by rolling them with the side of a Crayola Washable Marker! Flattened Model Magic can be shaped into sleeves, pants, collars, and other items of clothing. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.
    6. Experiment with creating interesting designs by swirling, twisting, and blending different colors of Model Magic. Crayola Blunt-Tip Scissors can be used to cut Model Magic into shapes or to press patterns and textures into the modeling compound as well! Embellish the outfit with details such as buttons, bows, and belts. Place finished mannequins in a safe place for 1-3 days until completely dry.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

    LA: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

    VA: Describe a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Invite a fashion designer to speak with the class and discuss methods used to create useful, stylish clothing. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the designer. After the meeting, students post learning to a class blog.

    In small groups, students investigate fashion from a variety of eras and, if possible, a variety of cultures. Students organize their research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.


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