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Workshop Syllabus

Workshop: Designer for a Day

Length of workshop: 1 day

Overview: Be the head designer of your own clothing company and express your unique artistic creativity as you design next season’s freshest new fashions!

Whether you’re into surf shorts or party dresses, tuxedos or tutus, you’ll have a ball being the head of your own clothing label with StarTime’s brand new workshop “Designer for a Day”. Learn design fundamentals and brainstorm unique clothing ideas in our fashion drawing session.

Collaborate with a team of other young designers as you become the founders of your own clothing company. Learn graphic design and marketing basics as you work together to create a memorable company name and design an eye-catching logo for your fashion label.

Put your design skills to the test as you design and create an outfit with your new company in our clothes construction challenge! Then use your musical creativity to produce the perfect soundtrack for your label’s end-of-day fashion parade.

Finish the day with an exhibition, presentation and fashion parade for family and friends as you present them with your fresh fashion creations!

Participants will:

  • Explore their unique expression and individual taste through art and design activities
  • Learn clothing design and fashion drawing fundamentals
  • Collaborate with others to form a company
  • Learn marketing and branding basics
  • Learn graphic design fundamentals and design their own logo
  • Work on presenting and public speaking skills as they share their work with an audience

Session 1

Intro to Fashion Design

WHAT: Learn the basics of fashion design drawing

HOW: Discussion

  • Show examples of fashion drawing
  • Discuss use of patterns, colour, texture
  • Explain purpose of fashion drawing in the process of producing the clothing that we wear: i.e. by the time we see clothes in the shops there has already been a long process for them to get there! – Someone has had to think of the design, someone has drawn the design, someone has designed the fabric, another person has sewn that fabric, another person has chosen to use that particular fabric to be sewn into a garment…. etc. etc.

WHY: Participants will:

  • Understand basic design principles
  • Understand the purpose of fashion drawing and the part it plays in the process of clothing production
  • Understand basic use of colour, shape, composition and pattern

Screen – HDMI cord / Apple TV etc to use to show fashion drawing samples on the big screen

Head Coach:

  • Facilitate discussion

Coach:

  • Crowd Control
  • Giving out stars for insightful answers and great listening

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Drawing T-shirt Design

WHAT: Students will brainstorm design ideas and use the t-shirt template provided to draw their design onto.

HOW:

  • FIRSTLY: Explain what materials will be available when they will later be painting onto their shirts and how those materials work and how much of each resource will be available (that way students understand the parameters they need to work within and will not be disappointed when they can’t paint over their entire shirt with puff paint)
  • Distribute T-Shirt Design Template sheet to students
  • Distribute Textas to share

WHY: Participants will:

  • Express their individual style, fashion and artistry
  • Understand the value of brainstorming and planning in the design process
  • Create their own design to later paint onto their t-shirt
  • T-shirt design template
  • 2 x large boxes of textas per 20 students

Head Coach:

  • Distribute resources
    Floating assistance and feedback to students

Coach:

  • Distribute resources

  • Floating assistance and feedback to students

  • Crowd Control

  • Logistical Assistance

  • Toilet breaks etc if required

Add some content to your accordion item here.Session 2

T-shirt Decoration Session

WHAT: Students use fabric paints, puff paint and fabric chalk to bring their designs to life on their very own t-shirt.

HOW:

THIS ACTIVITY WILL NEED TO BE STAGGERED (SEE HELPFUL TIPS & EXTENSIONS SECTION) – Not all kids can paint at once!

  • Before painting begins, ensure a piece of cardboard has been placed inside the shirt to prevent paint seeping through to back half of shirt
  • Allocate materials for each child (do NOT allow it to become a free-for-all) – please only allocate a small amount per child or there will not be enough for each child and we don’t want the final groups of kids to miss out!
  • Hand out t-shirts (ensure each child has a shirt that isn’t too small)
  • Carefully remove cardboard from t-shirts and lay them in a safe place to dry

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to bring a design from paper to fabric
  • Enjoy hands-on artistic processes used in the fashion industry
  • Develop practical design skills
  • Learn to use different artistic media
  • White, cotton T-shirts (one per child)
  • Fabric paints
  • Fabric pens/markers
  • Puff Paint
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Each child should have their design template with them from the previous activity to inform what is going on their t-shirt!

Head Coach:

  • Supervise T-Shirt design completion

  • Float between students

Coach:

  • Lead “Marketing Basics” session with those not painting (See Session 3 in this Syllabus)

This activity will need to be staggered – e.g. not all students can paint their t-shirts at once.

You could split students into 2 large groups:

  • Group 1 – paints their shirts;
  • Group 2 – divides students into teams for their Marketing Basics session (See Session 3 in this Syllabus) and begins on this activity; then swap activities

STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY DECORATE ONE SIDE OF THEIR SHIRT (i.e. either front or back) due to time constraints, material quantities and also the practicality that each side will take a while to dry!

Session 3

Marketing Basics – Naming your Company

WHAT: Collaborate with your team to create a catchy, memorable name for your Fashion Label.

HOW:

  • Split Students into teams (suss out who hasn’t been working well together and try to split them if possible)
  • Students to receive plain/scrap paper and pens
  • Brainstorm Company Name as a team
  • Award points for outstanding COLLABORATION as well as memorable company names

WHY: Participants will:

  • Understand basic marketing principles in order to create memorable branding for a product
  • Pens
  • Scrap Paper / Plain paper

Head Coach:

  • Supervise T-shirt art (i.e. Session 2) 

Coach:

  • Run Marketing Basics Session

This activity will need to be staggered – e.g. not all students can paint their t-shirts at once.

You could split students into 2 large groups:

  • Group 1 – paints their shirts;
  • Group 2 – divides students into teams for their Marketing Basics session (See Session 3 in this Syllabus) and begins on this activity; then swap activities

STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY DECORATE ONE SIDE OF THEIR SHIRT (i.e. either front or back) due to time constraints, material quantities and also the practicality that each side will take a while to dry!

Marketing Basics – Your Company Logo

WHAT: Students collaborate with their group to create eye-catching logos for their company.

HOW:

  • Show students logo examples (on screen) that are memorable – e.g. Rip Curl, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca Cola, McDonalds, apple, Playstation, Cadbury Dairy Milk – Why do we remember them? How do they suit the brand?
  • Prompt each group to decide on their company’s colours and symbols that they might use to represent their company – what features might we combine to create a logo that is unique and eye catching?
  • Encourage students to consider colour, shape, symbol,
  • Provide each child with a SWING TAG TEMPLATE sheet and textas – each child to draw their interpretation of the team logo onto their own swing tag template sheet

WHY: Participants will:

  • Understand basic marketing principles in order to create memorable branding for a product
  • Consider basic design principles such as shape, colour, composition and font to create eye-catching visual branding for a product
  • Collaborate with their team to design a logo for their fashion label
  • Apply artistic skills to draw their own swing tag design using their team logo
  • Screen / HDMI / Apple TV etc to show logo samples
  • Swing Tag Template sheet (1 per child)
  • Textas

Head Coach:

  • Supervise painting of t shirts 

Coach:

  • Run Marketing Basics Sessions

Emphasise importance of COLLABORATION – award stars

Extension

END OF DAY EXTENSION: Clothes Construction Challenge – Design

WHAT: In teams, use the Fashion Drawing template to design an outfit that they can construct using the recycled materials provided. They must nominate a model from their team to wear the outfit.

HOW:

  • Students get into their Company teams
  • Each team receives a Fashion Drawing silhouette template
  • SET A TIMER FOR FIVE MINUTES (or longer if you need to fill time)
  • Each team has FIVE MINUTES to draw their design onto the silhouette

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to COLLABORATE with a team
  • Learn to consider recycled materials and how they may be repurposed
  • Be introduced to sustainability principles
  • Fashion Drawing Silhouette (one per team)
  • Pens and textas

Head Coach:

  • Floating feedback and supervision 

Coach:

  • Floating feedback and supervision
  • Logistical assistance: setup, pack up, toilet trips, crowd control, problem solving
END OF DAY EXTENSION: Clothes Construction Challenge – Creation!

WHAT: Designers collaborate with their Company group to construct an outfit from recycled materials for their model to showcase.

HOW:

  • Allocate materials to each group
  • Each group to nominate their model onto which they will construct their outfit
  • Set a timer for 20 MINUTES (can be more or less depending how much time you have)
  • Award stars, for e.g. “High Fashion” Award
    • the most unique and unusual outfit “Collaboration Sensation” Award
    • the most outstanding group work “Innovation” Award –
    • the best use of the provided materials “Design Diva” Award
    • the group whose creation looks the most like what they originally drew on their design template etc etc

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to COLLABORATE with a team
  • Learn to consider recycled materials and how they may be repurposed
  • Be introduced to sustainability principles
  • Consider ways of constructing an outfit using unconventional materials
  • Embrace individuality, creativity and courage as they create an exciting new trend
  • Full packet of blu tac x 2 for hanging designs on wall for exhibition
  • Large tape x 4 rolls (e.g. startime tape or packing tape)
  • Newspapers x 10 OR 2 large rolls of butchers paper
  • 6 rolls of toilet paper
  • Other recycled materials such as bubble wrap (only if it’s recycled), paper shopping bags, present bows, string or rope, recycled fabrics etc

Head Coach:

  • Floating feedback (but try and let them do it as much by themselves as possible!)

  • Supervision: logistics, rules, safety etc.

Coach:

  • IMPORTANT: Photograph best Logo from each group to project onto screen during parent presentation

  • Tidy space ready for parents

  • Hang Design templates by each child on the walls like an exhibition

CLOTHES CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGE – Presentation of Creations

WHAT: Each group presents their creation to the class, along with their original design.

HOW:

  • Group by group, students present their work to an audience of their peers
  • Coaches confer and award different titles to each group plus stars on star chart accordingly

WHY: Participants will:

  • Develop COURAGE while speaking in front of their peers
  • Develop public speaking and presenter skills
  • Learn to articulate and rationalise visual ideas for an audience
  • Full packet of blu tac x 2 for hanging designs on wall for exhibition
  • Large tape x 4 rolls (e.g. startime tape or packing tape)
  • Newspapers x 10 OR 2 large rolls of butchers paper
  • 6 rolls of toilet paper
  • Other recycled materials such as bubble wrap (only if it’s recycled), paper shopping bags, present bows, string or rope, recycled fabrics etc

Head Coach:

  • Facilitate presentation of ideas

  • Award awards Coach –

Coach:

  • Logistics, Crowd Control

  • Tidying 

  • IMPORTANT: HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED THE BEST LOGO FROM EACH GROUP TO PROJECT ONTO THE SCREEN FOR THE PRESENTATION??

      MODELS SHOULD KEEP OUTFIT ON FOR PARENT PRESENTATION

      PARENT PRESENTATION

      WHAT: Students present their work to their parents.

      HOW:

      • Call each group up to present their day of work
      • Each group should come up in their t-shirts if possible! Project the logo onto the screen while they give their presentation and play music which you can have soft for the presentation and then crank for the “fashion parade” Each group should…
      • Have each member introduce themselves to the audience – Introduce their company name and why they chose it
      • Explain how they came up with their logo design
      • Explain how they constructed their outfit
      • Model their new t-shirt in a quick group “fashion parade”

      WHY: Participants will:

      • Develop public speaking skills
      • Learn to articulate and rationalise their ideas
      • Present their creative ideas and products to an audience
      • Each child’s t-shirt if dry
      • Swing Tag Logo designs created by each child
      • Constructed outfit
      • Original designs can be displayed around the room

      Head Coach:

      • facilitate and MC presentation 

      Coach:

      •  assist with crowd control

      • make sure each group is ready

      • deal with music and technology

          Keep it fun and light – don’t rush but don’t let it drag on