Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wooden Face Pins for Art Club
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.
2. I cut the pieces into 2 inch squares. . .I cut approximately 100 squares.
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).
5. Students added colored marker and/or paint as-needed.
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.