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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]

Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Its a great idea, one that is fun to try for both kids and adults.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Take the laces (if any) out of the shoe.
  2. Choose a picture of a painting that you like.
  3. Try sketching out the painting on a piece of scrap paper.
  4. When you feel comfortable with the image, transfer it onto the shoe. You might want to sketch lightly with pencil first or just start with the paint.
  5. If you are painting a dark colored shoe, you might want to "prime" it with a light paint before drawing an image onto the shoe.
  6. When you are finished, put the laces back in and admire your masterpiece.

More Photos:


Watch an interview with Teodoro Dragonieri

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