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IMG_00187th graders have been working on an observational drawing of shoes. We discussed different ways that a composition can impact the meaning or message of a picture. Students worked individually or with a partner to create a composition of two shoes that describes a relationship or depicts a an action or expression. This lesson was inspired by a colleague of mine.

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Inspired by a former colleague of mine, I challenged my eighth graders to create a mixed-media shoe sculpture, using appropriate construction techniques, that reveals something unique about them. Students started by creating an armature and then used mixed-media materials to enhance their designs. I’m so impressed with their problem solving, persistence and final products!