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RE: [teacherartexchange] Almost Summertime Lesson Idea!


From: Judi Morgan (judi.morgan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 25 2006 - 16:48:03 PDT

What a great, fun idea!

Judi Morgan
Saint George's School
2929 W. Waikiki Road
Spokane, WA 99208
'Science and technology do not tell us what it means to be human. The
arts do.'

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Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 3:32 PM
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Almost Summertime Lesson Idea!

I am looking forward to repeating a very successful lesson that I used
close out the year last June! My unit is titled "Community
Connection", and
the lesson is called "Flippin' Out Over Summer". And that is just what
we made
- - - FLIP FLOPS!! The flip flops were constructed from foam core and
decorated with images of summer that represent out city.
Living in a resort city, it was easy for my middle schoolers to
brainstorm a
long list of summertime symbols. The extensive list included
from bikinis, lighthouses, seahorses, sunglasses, beachballs, dolphins,
Students chose their three favorite ideas and made thumbnail sketches.
flip flop sketches were presented to me for final selection. That way
could encourage a variety of different images.
With ideas in hand, students were ready for flip flop construction.
began by tracing a flip flop pattern onto foam core. The shoe shape
was cut out
with an X-acto knife. I demonstrated the cutting process and showed
students how to position their work close to the edge of the table so
that the blade
would cut through the board while being supported by the table. We
sort of a sawing motion without removing the blade until cutting was
(Glad to report we had no accidents or problems!).
Media choices included painting, colored pencil, or collage. Scraps of

canvas paper were attached to the foamboard for those who wanted to
work with
acrylics. Sandal straps were made from strips of canvas paper, roping
coiled baskets, papers cut with decorative scissors, ric rac and
ribbons and
more! The possibilities were limitless, and my middle schooler's
creations were
beyond my greatest expectations!!
We gained inspiration from Wyland and the Wyland Whaling Walls. We are

lucky enough to have one in a neighboring city. We also talked about
the flip
flop as a symbol of today's pop culture. It has truly become a
symbol for summer!
I have some great pictures if anyone is interested. The lesson could be

adapted to most age groups.
(My favorite flip flop had to be a colored pencil drawing of a
writing a ticket to a young man skateboarding on the boardwalk!)
Carolyn in VA. Beach

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