SchoolArts Magazine

SUM 2016

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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20 SUMMER 2016 SchoolArts of eco-chic fashion, organic food and goods production, sustainable farming, carbon footprint awareness, and anti-consumerism, along with contemporary logos and images. Next, students each chose a theme and developed a design to be painted onto the footbed of their cardboard shoes. They traced their feet or used an existing flip-flop to make cardboard patterns. Think Design Some students planned designs for both the right foot and left foot to cre- ate mirror images; others decided to create two differ- ent but harmonious designs. The design also had to be carried over to the thong part of the shoe, which was cut from denim, canvas, woven hemp, or plastic bags. Wherever their artistic vision took them, students were encouraged to think design, not decoration. Sole Support After the footbeds were cut out, students painted them using acrylic paint. When the paint was dry, they used the footbeds as patterns to cut out another pair of cardboard shapes to serve as the soles. They also cut ½" to ¾" wide uniform strips from non-corrugated chipboard and folded them accordion-style. Students hot- glued zigzag shapes onto the edges of the soles to serve as a supportive platform. The closer together the T he ubiquitous flip-flop and the ecology movement are both heartily embraced by most high-school students, so why not merge these two phenomena into a meaningful project? Using dis - carded cardboard, plastic bags, and fabric, my students crafted wearable shoes that expressed their views on the current ecological system. Ecological Aspects Students began this project by researching the ecological aspects Flip-Flops Christine Sweeney H I G H S C H O O L

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