Thursday, March 12, 2015

SOLSC 2015 #12: What if we worked large?

Each day during March, I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC). All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for thirty-one days. My slices will be primarily about teaching preschoolers. Check out the Two Writing Teachers  website for lots more reflections on teaching. Thanks especially to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Beth, Dana, and Betsy for hosting this writing challenge. 


Start with a plywood board,
perhaps one that once covered your classroom door window,
when the school first opened back in the fall, and
construction was still going on and the windows were delayed?
Let the children paint.

So fun to work large!

Add those small cut pieces from book jackets,
get out the glue, and 
let them collage, all over.
Isn't it much easier to do on a flat surface?

So fun to work large!

Add another layer; 
this time, their own paper pieces,
newspapers that have been dipped in watercolors,
papers with pastels,
small pieces that have been cut or torn, and
lots more glue.

So fun to work large!

Why not add more paint?
Bring out more purple, 
more blue,
more white,
what might happen?

So fun to work large!

How about a layer of 
silver watercolors?
What might happen?
A magical rectangle.

So fun to work large!


  1. Thank you for taking me through this really cool project using so many found written word pieces. It is layered beauty. It tells an amazing story of cooperation also. I hope it finds a prominent and permanent spot. xo nanc

  2. This is an amazing work of art and an amazing journey through to the final piece. What can we accomplish when we work large? I like that