Realistic Shoe Drawings
In art class 5th graders learned about the art period of the Renaissance. Students learned that Renaissance Art is the painting, sculpture and decorative arts from Europe during the 1400-1600’s. 5th graders studied four of the important artists of the Renaissance which included Raphael, Da Vinci, Donatello and Michelangelo. They saw many examples of these artists’ realistic drawings, paintings, sculptures and inventions. 5th graders also studied drawing by practicing techniques called continuous line drawing, blind contour line drawing, contour line drawing and realistic drawing. They also practiced using different types of the drawing tools like pencils, ink, charcoal, chalk and pastels. They also learned how to add lightness and darkness to a drawing by cross hatching, stippling and blending to show highlights and shadows. When students were done practicing techniques they used what they learned to create a careful realistic drawing of a shoe. They focused on getting the parts of the shoe in proportion to one another and they also had to look closely at adding details and textures.