Fwd: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 2334
- Tara, I would love to hear more about the short demos you listed - making a
crown, a Regency bonnet & all the rest.
In a message dated 10/9/2008 8:21:34 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
Beginning students hate a sewing project, and it splits your focus
around the sewing machines, running from place to place. Plus you can
barely get past "this is how to thread a machine" in 20 minutes. See
if you can do a demo where you face them all over a table, and show
something that can be done by hand (like antiquing finishes on hot
glue and junk bead brooches and crowns in different styles of paint),
prep your samples to show it cooking show style, where you have a
ready made object that shows each step and each possible finished
outcome and put them where they can fondle them while you do the demo.
Other possible 20 minute "shows" could be: basic distressing,
hot-glue iron ons, fabric paint applique stomacher, converting a straw
hat into a regency bonnet, turning a cheap work glove and craft foam
into an armored glove, using drier lint, glue and cardboard to sculpt
a crown (make sure to have a finished antiqued crown to show how it
will look while dried and painted), tips for rendering, or any small
weird craft thing you do. Whatever it is, it needs to be simple, fit
on a table, and not involve any sort of equipment that can go wrong or
confuse them. The prep is everything. If you pop open a box with
goodies to touch, with a one page handout that explains the project,
and do some little simple thing that makes every acting student think
"Hell, I could do this!" they will run around the department after you
go telling all the faculty on the hiring committee that you rock. It
doesn't matter so much what you demonstrate as it does that you look
prepared and suck in the students.
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