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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.

T-shirt Transformation Workshop

T-shirt Transformation Workshop

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:

Trashion Lesson

Trashion Lesson

  • 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