The "Shoescape" artworks are ones that I always do with fourth grade, and I am continually so very impressed! The creative and wonderful responses the kids have to the challenge of placing their own shoes (drawn as a still life) into a readable and unique environment is such a treat to see. We use scale in the environments to make the space seem real, even if it is an impossible scenario. Through the course of this project, we talked a lot about what viewers would understand from their works. The students wrote a few sentences to go with their artworks to help explain their thoughts. They worked so hard on these artworks, and I really think their efforts show!
We used actual watercolor paper for these paintings and the students enjoyed being "real" watercolor painters. Each student was challenged to use a watercolor wash, layering, and mixing techniques in their paintings.