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5388Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Teaching costuming

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  • Sylvia Rognstad
    Aug 1, 2004
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      Has anyone else here taken costume classes as opposed to teaching them?
      I would be very interested in your comments too.
      On Aug 1, 2004, at 9:50 AM, C Vaerewyck wrote:

      > I 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.
      >
      > Thanx!
      > Sylrog
      >
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