Great Beginnings: A Week in Collaboration

First off, I would like to apologize for my late post on this topic, however I was ill the entire week after our time together...sadly...

One of my personal and most enjoyable aspects of working with educators has become their participation and contribution to our collaborative art pieces.  I love watching the piece evolve, as well as witnessing the look on adults' faces when they say, "is this really for us to do?"  

The collaborative art invitation that you are about to see was inspired by an idea that I saw on the ORA website, as well as a photo from my visit to B.C. this summer.  It took our Great Beginnings participants four days to achieve the final product.  To me, this clearly affirms that art is a process, the importance of the process over the product (which tells the story and should be honoured and documented in order to be made visible), and that it is essential to give our students (in this case our participants) the gift of time!

The Provocation/Invitation/Inspiration:

Photo taken at the Simon Fraser
University, Vancouver, B.C. 2012.

Our Process Illuminated through Photo Documentation:

Our Masterpiece:

Isn't this absolutely gorgeous?

To me this masterpiece symbolizes a week of collaboration with participants and other Great Beginnings instructors.  We would not have had the week that we did without all of your contributions.

Thank you!

Share your thoughts :

  1. Dear Ms. Babalis,

    Your blog is fantastic!

    I love all the visuals and student work samples.

    Thank you sharing your great work with me,

    Catalina Stefan

  2. Mrs. Stefan,

    Thank you kindly for visiting my blog. It is an honour to have you as a visitor! I'm glad that you have enjoyed it, and appreciate your words of encouragement! We've come a long way since you volunteered in my classroom!!!

    I hope that you and your family are well!

    Congratulations again on your graduation and employment with our school board!


    Joanne Babalis

    P.S. It is an absolute pleasure to share our work with our blog followers!