Yves Saint Laurent, The “Art Bug” & Artist Forward

April 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

“As the Idyllwild pine grows
So have I, slowly and steadily
With each day; and my heart
Has become planted in this mountain
Where ‘mighty songs are sung’.”

– From A Student, 1975 ISOMATAN

From: Sydney Cosselman
Krone Museum Director

Without a doubt, the thing I love most about my job is having the opportunity to learn something new and interesting every day. Researching the history of the school has been at the very least captivating and certainly never disappointing. The second thing I love is having the occasion to share the information and the Krone Museum with people. Recently, I had an opportunity to share the museum with Maria Paydar’s French class and again, with many of the Idyllwild Arts Associates and visitors.

Maria brought her class to the Krone Museum for an interactive lecture and slide show that illuminated one of her favorite designers. The students were given information prior to the presentation and a creative design project following it. This is one of many ways in which our museum interacts with students and faculty.

Maria’s comments following the presentation:
“My students attended a PowerPoint Presentation dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent, the famous French fashion designer. The atmosphere of the Museum was very welcoming and appropriate for this event. My students thought they were on a mini-field trip.”

 Notes from Maria on Art Experiences and Teaching

I believe I share the challenges of many foreign language teachers. You see, I teach French in the tiny town of Idyllwild in Southern California. No, we do not cross the border and practice the language any time we want ,nor do we visit a French bakery in town, or a French Cultural Center. There are not any.

Luckily, technology is here to support us, and beyond that we just use our imagination. This goes especially well with units on French food, fashion and travel. By trying constantly to bring culture and artistic components into curriculum, I have accumulated over the years a series of video clips, downloads from news web sites, and Power Point Presentations.

Adding to the challenges, I teach French to future famous artists. All of them, writers, designers, painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, film makers on a mission to master their art. From this art come MTV clips, ads, musical programs and virtual museums. Many of these are often introduced by students themselves, or become an emerging part of the curriculum and are then pursued with passion.

As for myself, I have the “art bug” as well. Last year, while studying fashion illustration with Chin Lee, I tried really hard to place on a blank page, the most intricate, multi-dimensional designs conceived in my mind. It was difficult. Even color, added with markers did not do the designs justice. For one of the smaller projects, we were asked to prepare a presentation about our favorite fashion designer. I could not wait to revisit the excellence and beauty of Yves St Laurent. My presentation brought the world of the famous haute couture icon a little closer, back then to fashion illustration students , and most recently for the presentation in the Krone Museum to the students in my current French class.

Artist Forward

The next occasion I had to share the Krone Museum and surrounding spaces was for the “Artist Forward” Art Exhibition and sale on March 27, 2011. As you may or may not know, the Idyllwild Arts Associates have been helping our school in many ways since 1968. However, they are probably best known for their scholarship fundraising project  “Jazz in the Pines,” held each summer on the Idyllwild Arts campus. We at the Krone Museum wanted to extend our gratitude for their continuous support, by offering a venue for artist members of the Associates; a space in which to show their work. The affair went quite well in spite of the weather and we hope to make it an annual event. In true form, the Associates donated 20% of all proceeds to the Associates of IAF Scholarship Fund.


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