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Drawing from Nature to Create Fashion
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honoriartist

Austin
Sandie
Clair

Jennifer
Krystal

Great day in Fadhion Drawing. Summer 2015 at the Art Institute of Austin

Objectives
Apply inspiration from outside sources to fashion drawing.
Use original photos as texture, color, and shape resources.
Use raw 3-D materials for tactile texture

Materials
Cell phones
Glue
Drawing supplies and paper

Instructions
Go outside and closely observe a variety of plants and ground textures such a stone, dirt, mulch.
Take a minimum of 20 photographs to uses a source materials.
Discuss your photos and ideas with your fellow students and share exciting finds.
You may also use found objects such as feathers.
You may pick limited numbers of leaves and flower petals.  Be respectful of the landscape.
Bring your photos and materials back to the studio and Let's Draw!
Use your croquis templates that you've been making all term.

Results and Teacher Reflections
When I went out first the students were smoking, texting, and gossiping.  Some had taken one casual photo and called it quits.  I energetically demanded 20 required photographs! Students decided that I meant business so they started looking more closely at the environment for ideas.  A few of them started collecting leaves, petals, and feathers.  This trend caught on and a number of students wanted to go 3-D raw material collecting, reminding me of Leigh Hyam's drawing seminar adventures outside drawing with natural materials directly on paper.

When students came back to the studio they instantly went to work and were quiet and inspired.  They worked quickly and creatively with the raw materials.  I couldn't beleive the confidence level that a few minutes in nature had instilled in the students.  They remained focused on their work for 25 minutes then we had an art show on the white board.  Next we used the strengths from that critique to make a second 25 minute drawing that showed sustained creativity building on the work of the group.  Ideas were flying around the room and the quality of the drawings soared.

This was the most fun I've ever had teaching a class. Thank you students.  You are amazing.



The colors were inspired by real natural colors of the plants, flowers and sky and were more harmonious and less naive than usual.  The shapes were also informed by nature as well as by standard fashion silhouettes.

Student Comments

I feel like I really was able to be free and carefree about today's activities.  Being able to pick what I wanted to inspire me really helped me to think outside of my self and really use my imagination. I am inspired by ow well everyone did today and how well they did with really creating something from scratch and being inspires by one thing.  I really liked today's learning and it helped me understand more how to be inspired by everything and anything. -- Krystal

Today I was really inspired by nature.  I feel like it is a good way to gain inspiration.  I would like to learn a little more about illustrating things in real life.  - Jessica

Being inspired by nature really helped me explore the different elements.  My drawing inspired by the gravel really helped me understand how to sketch texture, repetition, and motion.  - Austin

My strengths in today's drawing showed a 3-D look by choosing to use real leaves for texture and create motion to show color and motion.  -- Sandie

I can definitely ssee my classmates are getting extremely awesome.  I really love this class' exchange of positive criticism.  Starbuck, as well as my classmates, motivate me to push myself.  I definitely am so excited for this week's homework.  (draw from nature)  -- Steph


Krystal feather and cigarette dress


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