The fourth grade recently completed their shoe art. We did a two part project.
Part 1: shoe drawing. We started with each kid taking off a shoe and putting it on the table. Kids traced the shoe contour onto white drawing paper. Then students moved into observational drawing mode and added the shoe stripes/logos/dots to the drawings. We colored the shoes – kids could use realistic or imaginative colors.
Part 2: sole texture rubbing. Shoe off and on the table! This time, we did a texture rubbing of the shoe sole. We used newsprint and peeled crayons. Kids were encouraged to to multiple rubbings of their shoe in different colors, and then trade shoes with friends. So much fun! It was like collecting autographs, but of your friends’ shoes….
Last step: cut out the shoe drawing from part 1 and glue it on the texture rubbing.
Wow!!! Super successful project. Just be sure do this one when its dry outside or you will have mud on the tables.
Inspiration for the shoe contour lesson comes from long, long ago, when I was a parent volunteer in Jenny Luce’s art room. The sole rubbing portion of the lesson comes from the book ‘Make Prints!’ by Kim Solga.