Huntington High School’s Fashion Design & Illustration program students are pitching in to help make Friday night’s Key Club K-Factor talent show a financial success.
“I was recently asked by Huntington High School’s Key Club if my fashion students would sew scrunchies to be sold at K-Factor to raise money for Rachel’s Dance for the Cure,” art teacher Kim Valerio said. “Students in all of my fashion classes, including Fashion I, II, III and Portfolio Development, made a total of approximately 80 scrunchies.”
Huntington High School art teacher Kim Valerio.
The Huntington fashion program students used a variety of fabric colors and patterns to make them. “Some scrunchies even have bows on them, thanks to the creative talent of Fashion I student Lisa Saint-Rose, who has become quite proficient at sewing scrunchies,” Ms. Valerio said.
Art Honor Society members plan to sell the scrunchies in the high school lobby during the K-Factor on Friday evening. Ms. Valerio is the Art Honor Society’s faculty advisor.
Huntington High School’s fashion design and illustration program is one of the district’s crown jewels of its academic offerings.
The fashion courses focus on problem solving skills, cooperative learning and practical application, skills the teachers hope students can apply, not only in the fashion classroom, but also in the real world.
All of the offerings are full-year, one credit classes. The courses include:
Fashion Design & Illustration I - Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11 and 12
This is an introductory level course that introduces students to the world of fashion. Students will study the history of fashion, learn about textiles and garment construction, and create fashion illustrations. Students will design and create a handbag and make a garment from a pattern, learning hand sewing techniques and how to operate a sewing machine. All fashion students will present their work in the school’s annual fashion show in May.
Fashion Design & Illustration II
Prerequisite: Fashion Design & Illustration I
This course will expand and develop the knowledge and skills gained from Fashion Design & Illustration I. Students will continue to study fashion history and learn about fashion designers from various time periods. Students will create highly detailed fashion illustrations, and use their skills to design and create several fashion garments. There will be a presentation of their work at the annual fashion show in May.
Fashion Design & Illustration III
Prerequisite: Fashion Design & Illustration II
This course introduces students to career paths in the fashion industry, while expanding on the knowledge and skills gained from Fashion Design and Illustration II. Students will continue to study fashion history and design concepts, applying previous studies to real world applications. Students will combine creativity with marketability, assembling a portfolio of fashion illustrations and sewn garments that will be presented at the annual fashion show in May.
Portfolio Development - Offered to grades: 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Intention for post-high school study in art and department permission.
This is an exciting course that allows students to develop a professional portfolio of their art work. The Portfolio course is designed for students who demonstrate mastery in two or more artistic mediums and are able to exhibit a comprehensive knowledge in the program of their interest (digital arts, photography, video, fashion, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to, techniques, concepts and artistic social awareness. Portfolio is designed to demonstrate continuing refinement of basic skills while exploring new mediums, ideas and interpretations. College and career paths in art will be a component of Portfolio.