Independent Study Information

Independent Study Program Information

Deadline: Sun, Jan 24, 2016
Notification: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

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Students living 30 miles or more from VMFA or that have successfully completed the Teen Stylin’ program at least once are eligible to apply for Independent Study.

 Program Guidelines

  1. To apply, students must complete the online Stylin’ Application Form which includes a written statement, describing their interest in art and fashion design and a description of a garment they would make from start (design) to finish (construction) if provided with the inspiration of Julie Mehretu piece, Stadia III and using only the following materials: cardboard, duct tape, hot glue, and white copy paper. The objective of the statement is to describe in as much detail how designers can transform ordinary materials.
  2. All applicants must be familiar with and have access to word processing software, email, a digital camera (cell phone cameras are fine), drawing materials, and creative clothing construction materials. Creative clothing is defined by the alternative use of construction methods (e.g. weaving, knotting, Velcro, staples, hot glue, tape) and the creative use of materials (e.g. recycled cans, toothpicks, soy sauce packets, grandma’s curtains, etc).
  3. Students will be notified of acceptance via email or phone by Fri, Feb 5, 2016.
  4. Participation in an onsite weekend Orientation, a draft and final rendering of your design, Materials Request Form, Stylin’ Designer Plan, an Exhibition Content Worksheet, Music as Atmosphere Worksheet, along with photos documenting your progress, are required. Forms may be downloaded in either Word or PDF format.
  5. Attendance during the orientation is mandatory. During orientation each student is expected to accept the challenge of creating a wearable work of art using an artwork from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s permanent collection. VMFA has a list of predefined objects from which participants may choose.
  6. Independent study students are expected to provide the majority of their own materials. However, students may submit a Materials Request Form and arrange a pick up date with the VMFA Program Coordinator.
  7. Meeting all mail/electronic deadlines and attending onsite programs is mandatory. Excused absences may be considered on a case-by-case basis and are generally for illness, family emergencies, or academic testing. All absences should be communicated as far in advance as possible to the Program Coordinator. Students will be required to confirm their schedule and availability prior to acceptance into the program.

Schedule

Please review carefully before applying.

Orientation and Inspiration Workshop
Sat, Feb 20, 11 am–2 pm (onsite; mandatory) 
Location: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Rendering Draft and Mood Board and Materials Request Form
Sat, Feb 27
Materials Request Form should be emailed as Word or PDF attachments. Images files should be in .jpg format and not exceed 1 MB per file. Email all attachments to Jessica Bauserman.

Stylin’ Designer Plan and Material Pick-up Date
Sat, Mar 5 (electronic; and onsite optional)
Stylin’ Designer Plans should be emailed as Word or PDF attachments to Jessica Bauserman.

Note: Students that submitted a Materials Request Form must come to VMFA on this day for pick-up. Alternate pick-up dates can be arranged with the Program Coordinator on a case by case basis.

Garment Construction Image Documentation I
Sat, Mar 19 (electronic; mandatory) 
At this stage students should have started to assemble their armature. Each student is strongly encouraged to make a 3-dimenionsal scaled model (doll size) of their design. Scaled models should include operational garment closures. Shoot at least three images showing multiple views of your work (front, side, back), plus one detail image. Files should be in .jpg format and not exceed 1 MB per file. Email them to Jessica Bauserman 

Garment Construction Image Documentation II
Sat, Apr 9 (electronic; mandatory) 
At this stage students’ armature should be complete and all problem areas solved. Students should have moved on to addressing the surface treatment of the design. Shoot at least three images showing multiple views of student work plus one detail image. Files should be in .jpg format and not exceed 1 MB per file. Email them to Jessica Bauserman.

Final Fashion Rendering, Exhibition Content Form, and Garment Construction Image Documentation
Sat, Apr 16 (electronic/mail; mandatory)
1. Exhibition Content Forms should be emailed as Word or PDF attachments to Jessica Bauserman.
2. Shoot at least three images showing multiple views of your work plus one detail image. Files should be in .jpg format and not exceed 1 MB per file. Email it to Jessica Bauserman.

Music as Atmosphere Worksheet
Sat, Apr 23 (electronic; mandatory) 
Student selects music or a soundtrack specific to your garment. Email the completed worksheet to Jessica Bauserman. If student fails to do so a piece of music will be selected for him or her.

Dress Rehearsal
Sat, April 30, 5–9 pm, Rain alternate: Sun, May 1 or Sat, May 7 (onsite; mandatory)
Location: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Garments are subject to disqualification if they are not fully functional and family appropriate. All applicants must provide or serve as their own model. Students whose garments are deemed runway-ready will participate in the dress rehearsal.

Runway Exhibition
Fri, May 6, 5–9 pm, Rain alternate: Fri, May 13 (onsite; mandatory)
Location: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Forms/Homework

Materials Request Form (download as Word or PDF)
Stylin’ Designer Plan (download as Word or PDF)
Exhibition Content Worksheet (download as Word or PDF)
Garment Construction Image Documentation (download as Word or PDF)
Music as Atmosphere Worksheet (download as Word or PDF)

Program consultation and volunteer support for Teen Stylin’: Engineered is provided by Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Engineering and Hack.RVA.
Teen Stylin’ 2016 is generously supported in part by RBC Foundation.

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