Jay – Shoes Around the World (2010)

July 16, 2011 in Core Projects, Visual Arts

Jay’s passion for shoes led him to develop a lesson plan for the Artsaround the World program which is in all primary classes in the Hamilton Catholic School Board. Working with a local elementary school, Jay was able to bring Shoes Around the World to a grade three classroom. Working with an elementary school teacher and a class of students, Jay shared his talent for sketching and creating a shoe, examining it from various perspectives-even how they fit-and to include the stories shoes would tell if they could talk. Here is what Jay has to say about this interest:
“The Shoes Around the World” Lesson Plan is created to teach students visual arts, storytelling and social studies. The visual arts aspect of the lesson plan lets students design their own shoe each month from the country they’re learning about in the Artsaround the World program: from choosing the colour of the shoes, to the patterns and textures on the shoes. They can make their shoe a piece of art by finding a new use for it. (planter, bank, animal etc) The social studies aspect of the lesson plan teaches the students about different cultures around the world. It teaches them what other shoes other cultures traditionally wear on their feet. Of course telling their stories from the shoe’s perspective is always fun at story time.”

The Shoes Around the World plan is created to teach students both in visual arts and social studies. The visual arts aspect of the lesson plan lets students design their own shoe each month from the country they’re learning about in the Artsaround the World program: from choosing the colour of the shoes, to the patterns and textures on the shoes. The social studies aspect of the lesson plan teaches the students about different cultures around the world. It teaches them what other shoes other cultures traditionally wear on their feet.

Programs worked with: Artsaround the World
Tools used: Microsoft Word, pencil, paper

Potential for Extended Lessons from a New CORE Ambassador

Shoe Fashion Show
The children find an old pair of shoes (or even one shoe) and bring it into class. Different groups of children work on designing that shoe for a Shoe Fashion Show. They add sequins, ribbons, textures, lace, stars, moons, to create a theme and a new name for their Show Fashion Show.

Patterns and Ideas for Year Two Artsaround the World Countries
The new CORE Ambassador would use parts of Jay’s ideas and develop them further to provide new shoe patterns for the ATW countries studied in Year 2. At least one classroom has to be in-serviced by the CORE Ambassador in order to suffice his/her requirements about ‘giving back to the community’. A school is a community but so is a Community Centre or a Day Care.