A New Role for my Shoe

Especially for pupils, shoes are important because of the impression they make on others. They represent the need for recognition. The perception of a shoe can suddenly change once they have been given a new look. A shoe turns for example, into an aeroplane, a car, a house, or a ship.

A New Role for my Shoe

An idea from Ulrich Winkelmann


With Plaka – just a few steps away from a work of art – an amazing transformation for your shoe.

Shoes accompany us through our whole lives, however, most of them wear out quite quickly. Different shoes are worn to different occasions: beach shoes, trainers, shoes for the office and high-healed shoes and many, many more. Especially for pupils, shoes are important because of the impression they make on others. They represent the need for recognition. The perception of a shoe can suddenly change once they have been given a new look. A shoe turns for example, into an aeroplane, a car, a house, or a ship.

 

It's so easy:

A possible introduction to your lesson could be the observation of surrealistic pictures (e.g. Salvador Dalí , see Pelikan Teachers’ Info K12 the original) or a motivating discussion. The object is to inspire the pupils’ imaginations to see the shoes in front of them in another context.

To give the children a wider perspective for the re-design of their shoes, it can be helpful to start with making sketches.


Sketches "racing shoe" and "insect"

An idea from Ulrich Winkelmann

More sketches:


House shoe, racing boat and flying shoe.
After the sketches, the actual re-fashioning of the shoes begins. We recommend using a hot melt gun for gluing. It is not even necessary to work accurately because later the surface will be painted with Plaka. Every shoe becomes unique. Ulrich Winkelmann recommends placing the finished shoes in a display case for all the pupils to see.

By the way:

Especially discarded everyday items become suddenly more interesting with a new design.