This took many hours and 'hits' to articulate to the students.
I gathered many images of clothes that were more artistic. I also showed them Rauschenberg's work that displayed how he told visual stories.
Students began to brainstorm in whose article of clothing they wished to create.
As students started gathering imagery for their piece I again went over the ideas of effective composition. For instance, one image probably needed to be larger - a focal point, and also kids have a tendency to make every image the same size with the same negative space around them. (I call it polka dotting!)
Also, they needed to go beyond just the surface or most obvious elements of a person or character. For instance, maps as background were often used. Images from history, signatures were also used.
As students chose their person and the article of clothing, I worked with each student posing questions of how their piece was working - that they used the tools of composition effectively. Also, they needed to think ahead as to what steps should come before others.
How clearly was the person or character portrayed?
To what degree were the principles of composition on display?
How well was the article of clothing put together?