As a lead in to this project my students drew their sneakers (I will posts some of our results later.)
1. Make a rubbing of the bottom of your sneaker (or your friends.)
2. Enlarge the design to the point of abstraction. At this point you can add more details create balance and movement.
3. Finally color the spaces using a black sharpie marker. Make sure to create balance by making some interesting positive space and negative space (some students will just outline their design so talk about creating positive and negative shapes.)
4. This project was an interesting contrast to their original sneaker drawings and allowed us to talk about abstract art.