5386Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Teaching costuming
- Aug 1, 2004I do not teach costume construction however I took the class in college. Once we were done learning the basics our final project was of our choice. Our class spent a day at the fabric store. We each chose a pattern and had to ok with the teacher. We found everything we needed that day and spent the next few classes working on it. The last day we all had to wear and model what we made. Even the actors in the class enjoyed it because they were able to make something fashionable they could wear everyday.
Sylvia Rognstad <sylvia@...> wrote:I have a question for those of you who teach costume construction. I
taught it myself for 7 years and it was a constant uphill battle, as I
had to teach mainly acting students who didn't want to be there but
were required to. I'm considering going back into teaching after a
long respite and am wondering how to make it a more interesting, even
possibly, an exciting experience for the students. In my efforts to
teach sewing to total novices, I was constantly revamping the projects
to improve them. In my last years at the job I was having the students
make simple Elizabethan bodices, vests and hats. My theory was that
they would learn something about costume history at the same time they
were learning how to sew and they would be making something they could
possibly use, either to wear to Renaissance Faires or as rehearsal
garments for plays. This worked quite well with the girls because
they loved the tight low cut slightly boned bodices they could wear but
the guys were a different story altogether. They never seemed to be
interested in anything they made for themselves. Does anyone out there
that teaches have any good ideas for appealing to male students? And
if you have other ideas for simple class projects for both make and
female students, I would love to hear them.
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