SHOE RUBBINGS (MONSTERS)
Image: Southfield Christian School
Level: Elementary, Junior
Grades: K - 5 | Age: 5 - 11 yrs | Written by:
Michelle Strawser and Debi London [Michelle is an art educator from Petersburg Elementary in Petersburg, WV and Debi is an elementary art teacher in Pembroke Pines, Florida.]
Students will make art using the impressions made by the soles of their shoes.
What You Need:
Using texture, the student will create imaginary monsters.
- Students will also learn about the African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger
What You Do:
- 9x12 white drawing paper
- large sheet of craft paper
- oil pastels
- Begin with a short discussion on texture. (what is texture?)
- Students will make a texture rubbing of the bottom of their shoe.
- Next, add details to the rubbing to create a monster. (add eyes, arms, legs, teeth, horns, etc...)
- Cut out the monsters, being careful not to cut off details that were added.
- Divide class into at least two groups. Student's will now create an environment for their monsters.
- Glue monsters to large piece of craft paper.
- Use oil crayons to complete the monsters' world. (regular crayons can be substituted)
I displayed these murals in the hallways. My students and I really enjoyed this project.
One Step Further: (From Debi London)
I added a Multi Cultural twist to this project for African American
Heritage Month and had children create prints, (using multicultural tempera paints).
- Paint the soles of the shoes and print on white paper.
- Cut the shoe prints out and glue on to white paper in an action scene.
- The children could paint or color a background scene depending upon how much time is available.
- Perhaps the children could be rollerblading, walking to school, etc...
Research the African-American inventor, Jan Matzeliger - who invented the shoe-lasting machine. The "shoe-lasting" machine would automatically stitch the leather of the shoe to the sole. This invention was very important because it lowered the cost to both the manufacturer and the customer.
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