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Painted Shoes

Walking in the Artist's shoes

Your mission: Recreate a famous painting on a 3D surface - shoes.

Acrylic Paint - Acrylics are water-based paints, which means they can be mixed with water to thin them down and you clean your brushes with water. They’re made from pigment mixed with acrylic resin and emulsion. Acrylics are very fast drying and can be use in thin, watery glazes or impasto.

Student Materials:
Books with different paintings & painting movements, Shoes, Brushes, Gesso, Sand paper, Pencil, Acrylic paints (variety of colors)

Teacher Materials:
PowerPoint on Cows on Parade & Appleart (see assignment documnet tab), Library time

The cows are, in fact, the objects of art; they are life size models made of resin, on which the artists create their own works of art. The model cows serve the artists as a three-dimensional canvas.

Phase 1 - Introduction & Planning
        • PowerPoint -  cows on parade and appleart & student examples
        • Library Day - Look through books and find a few pieces of artwork that you are drawn to
        • Research - Pick one artist and one piece by the artist and find out as much as you can about them (answer questions on worksheet)
        • Brainstorm and Draw - Sketch out 5-6 well developed drawings exploring the painting you are drawn to (parts or all of it)

Phase 2 - Prepping the Canvas
• Demonstrate: How to prepare their shoes. (10 min)
- Take out laces (if there are any)
- Sand down shoes really well
- Paint gesso over entire shoe are that is going to be painted (not the bottom but inside if they wish to paint a coordinating inside color or design)
- Let dry until next class
• Prep shoes

Phase 3 - Painting the Shoes
•Demonstrate: How to begin (7 min)
Sketch out design on shoes
• Demonstrate: How to use the paint (10 - 15 min)
        - Begin with the lighter colors
        - Begin with the larger areas, NOT the details!

Step 4 - Finishing
        • Once the painting is complete, sharpie over areas to create clean crisp lines where needed
        • Clear Coat Finish - to seal and enhance the painted shoe.

Step 5 - Reflecting & Displaying
        • Type a brief paragraph explaining what image was chosen, why & how it was interpreted on the shoess
        • Display shoe with brief paragraph

Students will display their work in the case outside of the Crafts room. Student will look at and discuss each other’s work in the form of a critique.


#1: Communication and Expression
•You solved the problem thoughtfully, setting up (3D) visual interpretation of the painting on the shoes
•You tried different approaches for your solution, taking risks, and choosing ideas that weren’t trite or clichéd
•Your colors & technique were chosen carefully, adding to the intent of your shoe design and not distracting from it
#2: Design, Layout, and Composition
(Overall, as a pair of shoes)
•Your point of view was considered and added to the intent of the piece (wearing them, looking down on them, others looking at them as you walk by)
•Your placement/juxtaposition of color, line, and shapes added to the intent of the shoes and the overall design
•You created a visual entry point for the viewer
•You considered the visual balance of each shoe separately as well as both shoes together your vessel
•You set up a relationship between the shoes and the person wearing them, creating a sense of poise in the pair
#3: Methods, Tools, and Techniques

•You put a coat of gesso on to prep your canvas
•The final design is balanced and steady
•Your finished pair of shoes has the painting incorporated onto them seamlessly
•You have experimented with the artists technique and used it to help you reinterpret the painting onto the shoes
•You have neatly painted on your shoes, ensuring crisp clean lines
•You have attached a picture and a short paragraph
•Your finished pair of shoes are neat, clean, and there is no paint in unwanted places.