Design a Sneaker Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will have the chance to consider how art and function interact as they create a two-dimensional sneaker design, and translate that onto a 3-dimensional object.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Apply the basic principles of design to a 3-dimensional object
  • Critically consider the relationship between aesthetic design and function
  • Follow a design process from planning through execution


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


  • Optional: plain sneakers (You may be able to find free used sneakers from local donation centers)
  • Paper and drawing utensils
  • Paints, scissors, glue, markers, tape, craft knives (materials may vary based on the 3-D or 2-D project option)

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