Last year, at my previous school, we worked on a collaborative project for the hallway. It was put on display when the school board held a meeting in our building, as a way to showcase the students’ self-image and shine a positive spotlight on them. We started with a large white banner and I hand-lettered the phrase, “I am…” Then, I drew some geometric shapes around the outsides, as a way to give the kids some starting points.
On another piece of paper, I drew some black & white and colorful doodles with felt tip pen and marker. I placed all my Zentangle books on the table as a resource for more designs.
I kept this table open, as a choice, during work time. Over the course of a few weeks, the students began filling in the spaces on the banner.
The students began filling in pencil, adding patterns, and showing one another how they created their designs. The peer teaching that came about was fantastic to watch. They also began to find creative ways to add-on to one another’s designs, make refinements to areas that looked rushed or did not follow with the theme (for example, just writing words and not making designs).
The finished banner was hung on the wall, in a central hallway. The students and staff then wrote one word to describe themselves. These words were written on neon rectangles and then hung with sticky tabs, in a tiled and random order. The results were stunning to look at.