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March 2017

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the designs are complete, students paint their shoes with acrylics. On Display When the shoes are completed, we display them in school throughout the month of March. Each shoe is labeled with the woman's name and the name of the student who cre - ated it. They are a fabulous atten- tion getter with students, parents, and administrators who continually pause to look at the amazing designs. Every year that we have displayed the shoes, I regularly receive questions Women's History Month to celebrate impactful women in history by paint - ing high-heeled shoes in the theme of chosen women throughout our world's history. Researching Influential Women Students choose from a long and diverse list of influential women throughout history, from Cleopatra to Maya Angelou. After they have chosen their influential woman, stu- dents research to discover when that woman lived, her basic biography, and why she is influential in history. Students generally choose a woman they have heard of and are interested in, which makes it much more likely that they will conduct meaningful research in order to discover who their woman truly was. Acquiring Heels Students use actual high-heeled shoes that I purchase from local thrift shops or acquire through dona - tions. I choose pumps (enclosed with no straps) that are plain, with no buckles or bows, as this is a much easier canvas on which to paint. Each student receives one shoe only, not the pair. Design Criteria Once students have completed their research, they first paint their shoes with a layer of gesso. Once the gesso is dry, students draft and draw their designs. A portrait of the woman must be included. All surfaces of the shoe must be covered with a cohesive design, with drawing on the inside, outside, and bottom of the shoes. Each design should wrap around so the viewer must turn the shoe to see the entire image. After The longer I am in education, the more I realize how much we don't know about women throughout histor . about the idea and the process. This fine footwear display is a great way to promote your art program! Denise Avery Moore is an art teacher at Talkington SY WL in Lubbock, Texas. dav- erymoore N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K timeline.htm Amelia Earhart Jane Austen SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 45

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