|8/16/2013 6:05:00 AM|
Young fashionistas strut their stuff (video)
|Young Fashionista strut their stuff at the end of a summer fashion class.|
|Claudia Orteza, 11, models a scarf she colored and a dress from the 1950s during the last day of Fashionista Design and Draw class Thursday at Music Suite 408 in Peru. In addition to designing dresses and dyeing scarves, the 13 girls involved in the class learned about the history of fashion and some trends through the decades. |
NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Several young girls excitedly lined up to strut their stuff down the hallway in front of the Paint Box Gallery in Peru Thursday afternoon to show off their summer design class creations.
The girls were all part of the Fashionista Design and Draw class taught by Mary Janusick, the art instructor and director for the gallery. Over the summer Janusick taught two classes, one on Monday and Wednesday and the other on Tuesday and Thursday, of 13 girls who wanted to learn about fashion.
Janusick said she always liked fashion and thought every little girl would, too. She saw it as a good way to get the girls interested in taking the class and introduced to art. As she was doing her planning for the class, she said she thought about what she liked about fashion when she was younger and tried to bring that into the class.
“I just kind of thought that if I liked doing it when I was a little girl then other little girls would like to do it,” she said. “Girls like to have fun and they like fashion.”
The class had two aspects, fashion and art. Fashion-wise Janusick had the girls focus on fashion history, fabric choices and patterns. On the art side the girls learned color choices, drawing figures, how the body moved and portions.
The girls were able to draw a dress design with fabric swatches attached and a pair of shoes. The girls also hand-created some accessories, including jewelry, headbands, purses and a scarf.
On the last day the girls got to display and show off their work. Each girl took turns walking down the hall to show off their colorful silk scarves created using a spray bottle to add the dye to the silk. Some girls used salt and water to add a unique pattern. The girls did twirls, poses and waved and blew kisses to their imaginary fans.
Some of the older girls wore dresses from the ‘50s and ‘70s which Janusick had brought. She was amazed how well they fit the girls when they were designed for older women.
Claudia Orteza, 11, was one of the girls who displayed her stuff on the walkway. She said she enjoyed the class and designed a blue and black dress with a ruffled skirt.
“I liked drawing and doing the collages,” she said.
“I really love fashion and Paris is my favorite city which is the fashion capital of the world,” said Olivia Wojcik, 11, of Peru.
She added that she likes doing creative stuff and is always at home beading and knitting. She designed a light blue sleeveless dress with a ruffled skirt that had a pink sash with a purple flower and a purple see-through material over the top half of the chest.
A love for art is what caused Janusick to kick off the summer classes. She has been a professional artist for about 30 years and has worked in many art jobs from illustrator to instructor.
“I really am a strong believer that we need more arts in the community,” she said.
She was looking to get children involved early in art and talked with Sue Gillio, owner of Music Suite 408, about starting the gallery a year ago. She wanted to bring more art to the area and Gillio agreed it would be a good thing and allowed Paint Box Gallery to open within Music Suite 408, located in the west wing of the historic Westclox building.
“She mentioned that she thought there was a need for more art in the community and more programs that were art focused,” said Janusick. “So I just basically said, ‘I’m your girl.’”
Janusick plans to continue teaching more classes to kids in the fall and hopes to have another fashion class soon because she had fun with the girls.
The gallery is hosting a Children’s Art Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday when the work from the students’ summer classes will be displayed. There will be a lot of activities and prizes.
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