In the ACX Kids class Wearable Art, taught by Kira Lynn Cain, students construct wearable works of art that explore the history of wearable art, the overlap of fashion and art, and the relationship between who we are and what we wear, all culminating in a fashion show.
In this hands-on making class, craft and concept are equally emphasized through project-based learning. Students learn about different categories of wearable art, including headwear, jewelry, accessories and garments.
“I created cultural reference points and discussions to be as flexible and diverse as possible to encourage critical thinking about how one defines art and beauty and why,” Cain says. “We look at global, historical and contemporary wearable art, with a focus on noticing playfulness in shapes and details. Students become trained visual observers and communicators.”
So often children learn how to navigate pre-existing structures, including language, culture, family and school, adds Cain. This class is an opportunity for students to experiment with creating their own small structure, of their wearable art.
“The work they make is their own vision, with some guidance on what has come before,” says Cain. “Play is the primary element, along with respect and encouragement.”