Shoe Drawings

Third Grade Shoe Draw­ing by Brian

Con­tour draw­ing is a great activ­ity for devel­op­ing your draw­ing skills, no mat­ter what your age or level of abil­ity. There are dozens of fun projects you can do with con­tour draw­ing, but here is one of my favorites.… Shoe Draw­ings!

1. Remove one shoe and place it on your desk.
2. On a 9x12 paper, make light pen­cil marks to indi­cate place­ment for both the toe and the heel. This helps ensure that your whole shoe will fit on the paper!
3. Then, slowly draw the con­tour (out­side edge) of your shoe mov­ing your pen­cil across the paper as your eye moves along the edge of your shoe. I like
to start at the toe, move across the bot­tom, up the back edge, across the top and then return back to the toe again. Try to go slowly and include every nook, cranny, bump and bulge. Spend as much time look­ing at your shoe as you spend look­ing at your paper.
4. Next, add any inter­est­ing details, like stitch­ing where dif­fer­ent sec­tions are joined. Do not add any shad­ing!
5. When your pen­cil draw­ing is fin­ished, trace over your pen­cil lines with an Ultra Fine black Sharpie. Then erase any pen­cil lines that are still show­ing.
6. For the fin­ish­ing touch, lay your paper over the bot­tom of y
our shoe and use the side of a crayon (with the paper removed) to do a “tex­ture rub­bing” in the back­ground. Now you have a com­plete record of your shoe, includ­ing the tread on the bottom!

BONUS ACTIVITY:
Some kids think this is the best part of this les­son.…. When everyone is fin­ished with their shoe and back­ground, leave shoes and crayons on desks and with a sep­a­rate piece of paper, walk around mak­ing shoe-bottom rub­bings from each of your class­mates’ shoes. We call these “Shoe Auto­graphs”!

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One Response to Shoe Drawings

  1. R Lennon October 4, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Love the shoe auto­graphs! Great idea.

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