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December 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17 H I G H S C H O O L I n recent years, pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry have been mak- ing adventurous fashion choices. Often there are interesting sculptural elements at play in their ensembles: unexpected textures, interest- ing forms and voids, and asymmetrical balance. Why not play off these pop-culture references to get students thinking creatively in 3D? In this lesson, students use the simple media of paper to create unconventional hat designs with a focus on form and texture. Clear and Careful An avant-garde hat design may not come eas- ily to all students, so it was important to create clear parameters and goals from the start. My worst fear in doing this lesson was that the hats would turn out looking like the paper hats stu- dents might make in elementary school. I found an example of a child wearing a construction paper hat to demonstrate what I hoped their end products would not look like. Students laughed, but I got the point across that they would need to be careful and tasteful in their use of the paper. HATS Wendi Sparks Icon I c Andrea Hagar, grade eleven.

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