Essential Question: How do artist choose tools, techniques, and materials to express their ideas?
I Can . . .
study the materials used to create recycled art
understand how folk artists use materials found in their environment
apply environmentally responsibility to my artwork
create art in response to artistic problems
I Will . .
incorporate recycled material to create a new product
apply proper safety procedures when producing my art
practice good craftsmanship
Generating Ideas Brainstorm a list of different types of shoes that you might decide to create. There should be a minimum of 7 different types. The shoes may be realistic or fantasy based. Be imaginative – not all ideas may work but list them anyway. When listing your ideas, write descriptively. For example, cowboy boots with raised flames on the toes and spurs.
Visual Development Choose your three best shoe ideas from your brainstorming. Draw some some quick sketches for each of your three top choices. You may create a crazy, unique design or a replica of an existing shoe. Remember to include details like holes for shoe laces, thickness of heels or soles, patterns, etc.
Final Design Working with Cardboard
Cutting - Use a sharp tip, cut with the flutting when possible, for circles either cut a grove in the top layer before cutting all the way through or hang over the table edge and use a sawing motion
Scoring (used to change direction) - cut through one layer on the backside, press down flutting if needed, bend with the cut on the inside, use multiple score cuts to make wider/u-shaped bends, score and bend for 90 degree angles
Seaming (used to join two pieces) remove paper & flutting on one side leaving only the paper on the 2nd side, glue paper to 2nd piece of cardboard
Notching - leave a tab around the shape, cut triangle shaped pieces out of the tab, score edge to bend, glue bent tabs to 2nd surface (alternative - cut slits in 2nd surface, push tabs through the slits glue on back)
Crumpling - break down the inner fluting and crush the cardboard so that is easier to shape.
Choose a shoe style to create from your research and quick sketches .
You are only required to make one shoe but you can make two if you would like too.
The shoe should be life size so that it could fit your foot.
Create a template out of paper that can be used for the shoe. An example is available to help you get started.
Cut cardboard and assemble using hot glue. Brown paper is available to cover cardboard where needed.
Paint, collage, and or decorate your shoe.
Below is a shoe pattern that Mike Leavit uses. This will help you visualize some of the parts you need to create for shoes.
Refinement Clean up Use scissors to trim any rough edges Cover rough edges or messy spots with brown paper Repaint crooked lines or messy paint areas
Ask three people for one thing that worked well and one thing that needs improved. If you would like, work on the area that needs to be improved. Fill out the form below with the responses from the three people you asked about your final product.
Challenge Project If you want a more challenging project, you may choose to do a cardboard sculpture rather than a shoe. The same types of construction techniques are used, but the project will be larger. Usually these are not painted, but details are added with pieces of cardboard. See the images below for inspiration.