Expressionists: Wearable Art

BY Patrice Michael 

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School

Project Description

Art history can spark many wearable art projects. What would a dress look like that was inspired by Monet, Pollock, or O’Keeffe? What would a shirt say that depicts art inspired by Escher, Warhol, or Picasso? The goal of this project will be to open students’ minds and paint boxes to be creative in designing wearable art which has
been inspired by famous artists and their work. Students will be exposed to the various mediums and moods of artist through the centuries. Students will draw inspiration from these pieces and from the biography of the artists’ place in time. The final product will be inspired by and not a copy of the original work. Students will research the artists, learn the history of the time, and reflect on what might have inspired the artist, as well as view the artists famous works. Students will be encouraged to think about what they can draw on as they research works of
art as they begin to create their own original wearable art.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The project will be evaluated on how the students expresses their own original art, the product, and by writing a short narrative on who (artist), and what piece inspired them.

Benefit to the students and the school

The students benefit from this project because it allows them to reflect on art, learn about art as it relates to history and use their imagination to synthesize what they have learned into wearable art that conveys their own aesthetic. The school benefits from providing students with books in the library that can be used again by students when researching art and artists.  The community benefits from having students who have an appreciation for art; present and past.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The project will start in January, which is the start of our Clusters, which is a time when teachers and community members teach students a skill they would not usually learn in the classroom. The Clusters are held every Friday morning for 6 weeks. At the end of the Cluster there is a Cluster celebration and the students will have a chance to display the new skill they have learned and present their finished project by wearing it!