Art Class Swag

So let's see: Since the last time I posted, the flu virus I was battling has settled itself in my lungs, I dealt with another kidney stone, and had several days of Parkinson's issues that refused to relent with medication. Although I seem to be particularly sensitive to illness, it is worth noting that my school - indeed, entire school districts in our area - have been hit extremely hard this cold & flu season. In addition, the Norovirus swept through the county as well and took down 100 students in one small cluster of schools right before winter break. We do a lot of preventative work at my school such as disinfecting door handles and regular hand washing for all staff and students but the germs manage to sneak past defenses all the same. Everyone is in the same boat: trying to get and/or stay healthy while supporting colleagues and students who have not been lucky enough to escape the viral bombardment.

Since I have been unwell and still trying to get through teaching, I've had little time for my own personal artwork. I did, however, manage to craft these wee treats, little recycled pin-back badges that I will use as reward swag in my classroom and library. I purchased a big bag of used pins from my local creative reuse center, designed 24 creature faces within circles to cover the front of the pin, color copied, cut out, and then re-covered the badge with my own images. After a couple of coats of gloss varnish, these will be ready to hand out. It is a fun project that I can mess around with here and there; it satisfies my desire to do art but also supports my efforts in the classroom.


Anonymous said…
I hope you are all seeing the end of a horrible virus season! The buttons are adorable - love the whimsy and quirkiness. I would imagine that your students work hard to earn art like this!!

Miss Iowa said…
These are so cute! What a wonderful upcycle project. I caught a bad head cold myself and have been pretty miserable for more than a week now, but I think I've finally turned a corner today. I hope you're feeling better soon.
iHanna said…
Lucky students to get cool rewards like that. Get better soon, and a happy creative new year to you!
Loulou in Texas said…
I'm sure your students are going to love those rewards! Great idea!
Hope you can get more rest and continue to improve.