Archive for April, 2015

Shoe Art7th grade students learned about pop artist Michael Leavitt ( & ( so that they too could study the art of cardboard shoes.

Mike-Leavitt“Mike Leavitt is a singularly talented Seattle artist. He makes all kinds of art, from action figures to reproductions of iconic shoes. Mike has lovingly recreated them down to the exact detail. But there is one significant difference. Although you would never know it to look at the photo, these shoes are made with cardboard. Mike Leavitt is the inventor of the cardboard shoe… a bit of a trickster, and certainly curious.”(CBC Radio)

brianTo begin working like Michael, students first created a realistic sketch of their shoes, followed by a colored drawing (Take a ‘Step’ into their drawings on Artsonia:

Students then began the 3D creation portion of the project. Students watched this video to help them learn how to make cardboard shoes just like Micheal:  Conditioning cardboard was by far their favorite step!

Shoe displayStudents created their shoe sculptures using cardboard, hot glue, paper mache, twist paper and paint. First they traced the sole of their shoe onto cardboard to create a solid base, just like Micheal did. Then they examined the stitch lines in the fabric and cut pieces of cardboard to match those patterns. Once they had all their pieces, students began hot gluing from the sole up, leaving small details, like company logos, for last. After their shoes were assembled, students used homemade paper mache to sturdy up their cardboard creations. Once dried, students carefully painted their shoes and added twist paper for the shoe laces. Their awesome creations were then on view for all to see in our school library’s display cabinet!

View all of the students’ kicking creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 27th 2015, Rotation 3: March 10th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: December 16th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: August 26th 2014.


Soil Water ContestThe Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Stewardship Poster Contest provides school students with an opportunity to share their thoughts about natural resource issues. Posters should reflect the theme. The 2015 Stewardship title “Local Heros– Your Hardworking Pollinators” must be on the poster. The title can be with or without a hyphen. Posters must be original works by individual students. Artwork may not be copied or duplicated published art including copyright free images.

For more information, visit: or view this  2015 Soils & Water Poster Contest Rules Info

Going Green CityIn honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, here is a Green Scene City Find It Extra Credit Option! Click on the image below (view it online or print it), follow the instructions on the image and then email Mrs. Matt ( your answers, or make a Google Doc and share it with Mrs. Matt, for a chance to earn some Extra Credit!

EyeflaseThe False Mirror (Le Faux Miroir) by artist Rene Magritte ( presents an enormous lashless eye with a luminous cloud-swept blue sky filling the iris and an opaque, dead-black disc for a pupil. The allusive title, provided by the Belgian Surrealist writer Paul Nougé, seems to insinuate limits to the authority of optical vision: a mirror provides a mechanical reflection, but the eye is selective and subjective. Magritte’s single eye functions on multiple enigmatic levels: the viewer both looks through it, as through a window, and is looked at by it, thus seeing and being seen simultaneously. The Surrealist photographer Man Ray, who owned the work from 1933 to 1936, recognized this compelling duality when he memorably described Le Faux Miroir as a painting that “sees as much as it itself is seen.”

7th Grade students recreated their own versions of The False Mirror changing the sky within iris with something that meant something special to them.  View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 7th 2015, Taught Rotation 3: January 22nd 2015, Taught Rotation 2: October 28th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: October 16th 2014

P.S. If you want extra credit, check out this post: to create your own Eye drawing!

EyeEye Drawing Extra Credit: Draw a realistic looking image of an eye to go along with Rene Magritte Le Mirror Faux. Below are some examples of how to draw an eye. Feel free to use these or any other videos or tutorials you find online:

How to Draw a Realistic Eye video #1:

How to Draw a Realistic Eye video  #2:

Pinterest Eye Handout Example #1:

Pinterest Eye Handout Example #2:

7th grade students used the Wee World website ( to create digtial mini versions of themselves. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 6th 2015, Taught Rotation 3: January 20th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: October 27th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: August 21st 2014, Taught Rotation 4: March 24th 2014, Taught Rotation 3: January 13th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: September 3rd 2013, Taught Rotation 4: April 3rd 2013, Taught Rotation 3: January 26th 2011

Peeps as artTime once again for the annual “Peep Art Show.” Can you identify the six artists whose work is being parodied? Email Mrs. Matt ( your answers, or make a Google Doc and share it with Mrs. Matt, for a chance to earn some Extra Credit!