Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cowboy Boots - (4th)

This cowboy boot project was inspired by the examples shown on the ARTOLAZZI Blog.
I provided a boot pattern to begin the project with. Patterns create a successful shape which helps students feel more positive towards their art. Use of patterns also maintains the pace of the lesson as we easily move on to the next stage of the project "all together" and without stragglers.

Achieving symmetry with the cursive name was challenging for the students so we practiced on 8 1/2 x 11 paper three times before working on the boot.
Students partnered up to hold down an 18" ruler for drawing a center line down the middle of the boot. We carefully folded the paper on that line. Then the students wrote their name in cursive on that same line. If the name did not stretch all the way down shapes were added. 
The art was reverse-folded so the pencil drawing was now on the inside. We rubbed the paper with the handle of our scissors transferring the design to the opposite half of the paper, giving a symmetrical look.

A "Side" design was drawn in the empty space next to the name. I provided an idea sheet. 

Again the art was rubbed with a scissor to transfer the design. Drawings were traced in pencil then again in permanent black marker.

Watercolors were used to paint the bottom of the boot.

The inside of the boot and toe were painted a new color. I pointed out how unity is achieved by repeating colors and shapes. This gives an organized, planned look
rather than being random and thoughtless.

The symmetrical designs inside the boot have three colors. One of those colors had to match the color on the bottom of the boot to create unity. Colored markers were used for this. Spurs were added for creative detail.

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