As a Teaching Artist, Nancy engages students in a practice called arts integration in which students engage in a creative process which connects an art form with subjects in other curriculum areas.
Nancy works with classrooms and youth groups constructing recycled art and fashion- “trashion”- as a positive and interactive lens to view issues related to resource use, climate change and the future of human habitation on the earth.
She can lead different types of projects that:
— work with various discarded materials
— are tailored to specific ages (k-12)
— have an art or a fashion focus
— have students make individual items; work in small or large groups; make discrete or collaborative projects.
Below is one sample lesson geared to 6-8 grade students, is fashion based, and uses T-shirts, in which students create individual projects. This lesson plan can be easily altered for different age groups or to work with different materials.
Example Lesson Plan: THE PRICE OF FASHION
In this lesson students learn about the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry and how to be a conscious consumer. Additionally, we explore how to use fashion as a means of creative individual expression through making upcycled wearable garments.
Essential Elements of Art Form:
Students will learn to identify the design features of everyday items. Using old T-shirts they will design and fabricate new items. Students will create design boards for their projects that include the following information:
- a written description of what they are going to create
- a sketch
- what the item they are designing will be used for, and who will use it
- a description of the material(s) they will use
- a step by step process of how to construct it
- and what the original item was made from and the environmental and social impacts of its production.
- Science: the science of climate change, the water system, how pollution impacts the air, water and soil
- Social Studies: social justice issues related to consumerism, NIMBYism, Climate refugees, how different cultures use fashion, waste, and treat the environment
- Language Arts: reading, research, writing
- Math: creating designs that utilize math and geometry