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Art Pins

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Christina Arndt (carndt)
Sat, 13 Jul 1996 10:39:17 -0500


Hi everybody,
I received requests for more information about my art pins. With
the exception of six of the pins which were bought at the museum I
have made all of my pins. I get the reproductions from all of the
catalogs art teachers are always getting. Boston Museum of Art,
Shorewood Print catalog, crizmac, and the back of calendars are my
favorite resources. I work in an assembly line fashion- I rubber
cement the reproductions on mat board, cut them out, cover them with
acrylic gloss medium, and stick a pin on the back. It really does not
take too long and they are practically free. A friend of mine simply
laminates the reproduction and sticks a pin on back. These are a
little hard to see because of the glare and they do not hold up well
enough for the pin contest. For regular wear the pins are no work at
all. Each morning I pick one from one box and then put it in another
box when I come home. I often wear pins to go with what we have been
studying or are studying.
The pin contest is a lot more work especially as the number of
pins increases. But it is worth it! I have a jacket that I put all
the pins on amazingly enough they still all fit (I am thinking about
switching to a tux with tails for next year with a goal of 275) . I
number all of the pins with drafting tape 1-250 and they go on the
jacket in order so that the students can follow. Students then get a
sheet with all the artists and cultures listed in alphabetical order
with a letter or letter number combination next to each. They also get
a sheet numbered 1-250 with a blank to be filled in with the
appropriate letter from the first sheet. The artist/culture can be
used more than once and every artist listed is used at least once. If
a student does not know how to spell the artist's name they can ask me
and I show them where it is on the sheet. At the end of the three
days students turn in their sheets and I use my key to do the scoring
(this can take awhile, this past year I had 143 students participate)
Some of the questions the students always ask are "How do you get
all those pins on without poking yourself?" and "Is that jacket
heavy?" (yes the jacket is heavy!) Again, the program is alot of work
but as I am surrounded by students asking me to turn or lift an arm
and I hear "OOh that's a VanGogh! Oh, I know this one he is an
Abstract Expressionist. Hmmm, This one reminds me of Matisse because
of the bright colors but it is abstract and not a paper cut." I know
that it is worth it.
Tina Arndt
Sylvania Schools