SHOE PRINTS (SOLE PEOPLE)
Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14yrs | Written by:
[Debi is an elementary art teacher in Pembroke Pines, Florida.]
Students will learn about the African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger as they make shoe prints.
What You Need (Paper Bag Poncho):
What You Do (Paper Bag Poncho):
- 9x12 white drawing paper
- tempera paint
- 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.
- The children brush only one color of tempera paint on the the bottom of the sneaker.
- Print on the white paper.
- Discuss the texture of the sneaker (print making).
- Then, the children use markers to draw arms and legs next to the wet print.
- They are not allowed to use markers on the wet print.
- They put Elmer's glue on the back of sequins for eyes, a mouth, nose, necklace, bows in the
- The children must put the sequins on the wet paint only if their is glue on the back of the sequins (if there is no glue, they will fall off).
- They can also wait for the print to dry and then use markers and sequins during another session if more time is available.
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