Friday, March 12, 2010

My Signature Project

Of all the projects that I have done over the past thirty years this has become the one that I will most remember and be most remembered for. The "Patterned Cats" that my students have created have won many awards over the years and always cause a great deal of excitement when displayed in the halls of our school. This project is a review of concepts learned throughout the year in second grade. The contrast of the black and white cats on the brightly colored backgrounds is stunning.


  1. I just came across your Blazing Banyon Trees quite by accident (the way I find everything, it seems!) and I wondered details of materials/process. They are GORGEOUS!

    1. I am so sorry, i just stumbled across your comment. Unfortunately I have sadly neglected my blog while I dealt with some rather severe changes happening in my school. I am hoping that things have stabilized and that I can get back on track here. So....if you are still interested, the Banyon Trees are from the book, Dynamic Art Projects for Children as I mentioned earlier. First we drew a horizon line low on the page. Then we used black tempra for the trees after looking at pictures of banyon trees and discussing their unique features. We then used oil pastel to create the bold and colorful backgrounds and a more subdued use of oil pastel to create the water and relflection on the bottom.

  2. I really like these pattern cats. Stunning. I can see why you get so many compliments on them.