Monday, May 5, 2014

Where My Creative Juices Hath Flowed

A couple weeks ago I promised I would show you the project I had been working on; one that involved large pieces of paper, a copy of To Kill a Mocking Bird, and lots and lots of glue. 

I don't know what you thought I was making, but it probably didn't occur to you that it was a poster for Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's school (not exactly the first thing that comes to mind, eh?)

I'll show that poster in a minute.

But first, let me tell you my history of making posters for my son's school.

Once upon a time, I knew the PTA President, and she asked me to make a poster each month for the birthdays at the school. This project was perfect for me because I could help out at the school without having to work with other people (I try not to proclaim this too loudly, but I don't like working with other people) (plus, I refuse to drag my children out in public to work with other people - it's a nightmare).

I started in November with a giant turkey. Seriously. GIANT. This thing took up most of my living room, and I had to assemble it at the school because I couldn't transport it in my van.



Then in December, I featured Christmas lights on a much smaller scale. (The kids' names, of course, are on the light bulbs).



Then over Christmas break, I whipped up a snowman for January. 



And February was the month I was most excited for! I plotted for months in advance to make an Olympic-themed poster. After all, this can only happen every four years!*

(Also, this poster looked so much better in my head! They always do! Turns out, it's really hard to make good circles out of paper loops).



For March I was up for anything non-St. Paddy's, so I took advantage of Dr. Seuss' birthday (which is probably a little over-used in the schools these days, but hey! I drew that Cat in the Hat by hand, and I was pretty proud of how he turned out!)



For April, I felt pretty non-creative, especially when the awesome 3-D umbrella I envisioned in my mind ended up having to be a flat umbrella (apparently I am not the paper engineer I imagine myself to be).



For May, I was all hopped up on the last of our Easter candy, so naturally, I made a jar of sweets.



I also had the chance to make a poster for the school's Jump Rope Club as a "thank you" to Walmart for a grant they gave our school. 

(The children signed their names on the stars).


And, of course, the poster for Teacher Appreciation Week. 

I was asked to make one for the librarian, which was perfect because...


So I had to involve books, you know, and after running through ten thousand ideas, I came up with this:


And that, my friends, is where the copy of To Kill a Mockingbird came in. 

It looked better in my head, of course.

(Like, a thousand times better).

And after I got all of the book pages cut, I had to go back and check them all for racial slurs (just a word of caution, should you ever make book art for an elementary school, I don't recommend To Kill a Mockingbird as your paper source). 

Now, here's hoping that the librarian gives a hoot!

And there you have a run-down of every ounce of creativity I have mustered in the past nine months. Please forgive my horrible photos taken on my out-dated cell phone. 

*Every time I explained this to someone, they said, "But what about the summer Olympics?" We don't have school during the summer Olympics!


Anonymous said...

Those are all VERY impressive posters!

Feisty Harriet said...

Holy crap, woman! You're a freaking rockstar! I love these!

And the librarian one is particularly delightful, and no, nothing like I was imagining. :)


Miss L said...

A.mazing. Seriously.

Nameless-Sister-In-Law said...

I despise working with people. Part of the reason I just put in my two-weeks notice at Job #2. Yeah, I hate working with people THAT MUCH.