SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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Design Process Students begin by culling through their images to find a strong visual. Some will start experimenting with existing images while also planning to shoot new images. Beginnings are tough as the assignment is quite open- ended and many of my young artists don't know where to start. But with a little back-and-forth brainstorming among themselves and with me, most are designing in no time. At least two designs must be com- pleted and more are encouraged until students feel they've reached the les - son objectives. Previous design objec- tives such as emphasis and balance are stressed. In addition, many students need help effectively integrating text into their design. A common response from me when students tell me that they have completed their final design is, "If it was for sale at a t-shirt shop would someone buy it?" This question usually causes them to think a bit and many continue refining their designs or begin new ones until they feel confi - dent that they have a strong design. The Little T-Shirt Shop At a certain point during the process, at least two designs are shown to me by each student. After some discus - sion, the strongest design is chosen and printed on inkjet t-shirt transfer paper. By this time, students have brought either a black or white t-shirt to class and I demonstrate the process of cut - ting, peeling, and ironing their design onto an actual shirt. Many students have never used an iron, and the process of timing and keeping the iron moving can be quite intimidating. If a mistake is made, a new shirt must be brought into class and the design must be printed and ironed on again. Excitement starts to build in the classroom once students see the first shirts being made. The rest of the class focuses on completing their designs so they can make their shirts too. At this time, the class really feels like a t-shirt design shop! Showing Off Once the shirts are completed, stu- dents fill out rubrics for grading and the shirts are displayed in the hallway for all to see. I've done this project for a few years now, and it really does finish off our course in a grand and impressive way. When there are mul - I am a major proponent of students getting images off their devices and providing creative project opportunities that allow them to use their own photograph . tiple classes during a semester, the hallway display can be quite dramatic. Upon viewing our t-shirt exhibition, I've heard both students and faculty say, "Cool! I'd wear that!" Michael Sacco is an art teacher at Three Village Central School District on Long Island, New York. msacco @ 3villagecsd. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Producing: Select, analyze, and inter- pret artistic work for presentation. W E B L I N K Top: Alyse Mueller, Pupp Love. Bottom: Natalie Zullo. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 49

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