This artist-led workshop from Northern Stage looks at how to create costumes and then put on a performance. Watch a real class at work with professional designer Angela Simpson and then have a go yourself.
Learn how to make costumes using patterned wallpaper and cheap materials you probably already have in school. These costumes were inspired by the play The Glass Slipper, which is featured elsewhere on Culture Street, but you can easily apply your own theme.
A lesson plan for teachers to help develop art and design skills and start a drama project.
Key Stage:KS 2 Art and Design, English
Overview:The five films show the key stages of a simple costume workshop which was delivered on one day by days by designer Angela Simpson with a group of Year 6 pupils at Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. The workshop begins with the introduction of the Cinderella story. The group then get an insight into the research methods of a professional designer before going on to design and make costumes to fit them. The materials used include wallpaper end rolls, feathers, sequins, glitter and tinsel. You will also need scissors, a stapler and glue.
The Cinderella story
The group find out about the story of Cinderella. Erica Whyman, director of the play, The Glass Slipper tells them about her updated version of the traditional story.
Set and costume designer Angela Simpson shares her research methods and ideas with the group. They begin their own designs.
Drawing round the outline of the body onto the reverse side of wallpaper and then draw your costume.
Cutting out the shape of your costume and adding decoration with paint and glue.
The group complete their costumes and organise a catwalk display of their finished costumes.