Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wooden Face Pins for Art Club

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Holy Smokes. I have 75 (s e v e n t y - f i v e) students in my Art Club. . . And, they all showed up last Thursday to make (as they would say) "something cool." So, we did.

Also, I may or may not have had a really stiff drink after work that day.

My kids have never gone to summer camp or made any of the ubiquitous cutesy-crafts synonymous with the American middle class upbringing. Rather than utilizing Art Club to create intense, serious, high art, we make duct tape wallets, shrinky-dink charms, pins, plush animals, and stickers. I'm hoping we get permission to graffiti something this year, though.

This week, we made personalized wooden pins inspired by the ah-mazing work of artist Kim Welling. Go now and check out Ms. Welling's work!

Welling uses left-over chips of wood from her artworks in a beautiful circle of no-waste. . .I bought cheap balsa wood from a local supply shop (that was probably processed in a chemical shit-storm that began with a beautiful, pristine, tree).

1. I pre-dyed all of the pieces of wood to represent a wider spectrum of the skin rainbow.
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2. I cut the pieces into 2 inch squares. . .I cut approximately 100 squares.
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3. Students sketched pin design onto a 4 inch square of paper (in an attempt to avoid wasted wood).

4. Students selected a wood square and drew their design in black pen/sharpie (and added white for eyes w/colored pencil).
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5. Students added colored marker and/or paint as-needed.
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6. I hot-glued (I need no lawsuits from the parents of burned students) a metal-tone pin to the back.

I love seeing these cruise the hallways.
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1 comment:

  1. Love it! You've just inspired me to revamp my Haiti Houses project (house pins, approx. same size, sold to help rebuild an orphanage in Haiti) for third grade. They will love to do this on the scrap mat board. I'll paint base skin colors like you did. I just know they will love them and wear them!
    Thanks Amy!
    Kellie Determan
    Elementary Art Teacher

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