Oct 23, 2010
When I teach students about texture I usually get them to make rubbings on paper using the patterns and textures on the bottom of their shoes. Some time ago I saw a similar lesson somewhere(?) where kids used their shoes to make patterns in clay. Since then I've been wanting to try something like it. My grade 2 and 3 students created these awesome pendants, but I think this would work with kids of all ages.
We began by rolling a small ball of clay flat (to a thickness of around 1/4 of an inch thick). We then used empty baby food jars as cookie cutters to cut a circle from the clay.
Each student then put their clay circle on the floor and stepped on it with the sole of their shoe until an imprint was created. We used a kebab/satay stick to poke a small hole through the top of the pendant. These were then fired and glazed in colours of their choice and threaded onto black cord with a colored bead.
I'm a big fan of these! No one can believe the kids made them....using their sneakers!