WATER, WATER, WATER - COSTUME DESIGNING
Grades: Gr. 9 and up | Age: 14 and up | Written by:
Aldona Kaczmarczyk-Kolucka [Aldona is an art educator, art historian and artist from Poland.]
This drama lesson encourages children to be creative as they design costumes using recycled materials. In this case, the theme is water.
What You Need:
- learn designing basics
- create a performance art piece
- use imagination for multidisciplinary creativity
- encourage working with others
What You Do:
- egg cartons
- brown craft paper
- toilet paper and paper towel rolls
- garden foils (poly plastic rolls)
- stapler, staples
- pencils to sketch
- pictures of few theatre costumes
- various music CDs
- Give a short introduction/presentation of theatre costumes (this could be a separate lesson prepared as theatre history lectures using the names of famous costume designers like Bakst, Poiret, Iribe …etc).
- Divide students into groups of 4 to 10.
- Assign each group a different material (we have 4 resources: egg carton, brown paper, toilet paper rolls, garden foil).
- Introduce the theme.
(Note from Aldona: For my students, we used the theme "water, water, water")
- Students are then asked to imagine, invent and sketch some costume designs.
- They are required to remember that they are using only one kind of material. In designing their costume, students have to consider the technical possibilities: how to join the materials together; how to prepare a functional pattern; how to make it expressive, original and beautiful.
- Then the groups will create their costumes.
- The groups are then asked to find music and to choreograph a simple performance to go along with their costume.
Each group is asked to work together to discuss, find and present the best solution.
They should also do a couple of dress rehearsals before the main presentation.
- Time intended for art work depends on your group and the time available.
(Note from Aldona: We worked on a 5-day cycle from the introduction to the final show)
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