Welcome Collaborative Banner




Create a show-stopping banner that welcomes guest to your school. Perfect for back to school, conference night, special guests, grandparents’ day, school board visits, or to brighten up your entrance.  Give your students a chance to feel pride every time they pass the welcome sign, knowing they were part of a group effort.  Get ready to hear lots of compliments and questions about how you did it …  you can decide if you want to tell them how easy it was!

Your students will:

  • Watch a presentation that explains the process.
  • Fill up a zine booklet with 6 technique experiments involving light and dark patterns, textures and gradients.
  • Fill up a zine booklet with 6 experiments involving layering colors.
  • Color their piece of the welcome banner using light and dark colors along with optional patterns, textures, and gradients.

What You Get

  • Teacher Instructions for Welcome Banner (6 pages)
  • Presentation (20 pages)
  • Welcome Banner (64 pages) – makes a 8′ x 2′ banner
  • Teacher Instructions for Border Designs (2 pages)
  • Border Designs [optional] (5 pages)
  • Teacher Instructions for Task Cards (2 pages)
  • 12 Technique  Task Cards (3 pages)
  • Patterns (1 page)
  • 2 Foldable Technique Zines [optional] (2 pages)
  • Zine Folding Instructions (1 page)
  • Banner Color Key (1 page)

A total of 107 pages

This product contains Task Cards & Foldable Zines (so don’t buy both).

Here is a link to see an example of making a technique zine on Youtube.

Which is an optional first step to get students to try out some techniques.)

What color will my banner be?

The cool thing is that I can’t answer that!  I love giving people choices in drawing and art projects, so students get to decide. As long as they put the darks and lights in the right spaces, they can use any color or pattern they desire. There is a place for students to test out the colors, so you can make sure that they are on track.  I also give tips for making colors lighter or darker in the task cards.

How many students will this accommodate?

The banner has 64 (6″ x 6″) pieces.

There are also a way to include more students by adding a border around the edge (the border is 72 (6″ x 6″) pieces which makes 136 pieces total).

So, depending on your school size, this could possibly include a grade level or entire school.    If you have each student do a single square (4 squares per piece – they would share the same piece) and add a border, you could include a maximum of  544 students.

How to go beyond just coloring?

Help your students to get some extraordinary results from their ordinary markers and colored pencils.  The tasks cards and technique experiments in this lesson will help students try out some colored pencil and marker techniques that might be new to them. Rather than just coloring things in, they will experiment with layers, patterns and textures on a sheet that can be folded into a zine (booklet) that can be saved for future reference (optional).  Even if you don’t make the foldable booklet, students can use these task cards and new techniques to help them jazz up their coloring page and create a mesmerizing banner.

Here is a way you can make your own texture plates for almost no $$.


Easily download this zip file with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin using this lesson right away!


If you have a Mac computer, just click on the zip file and it will create a folder (almost magically) filled with all the goodies you just purchased.

Windows uses File Explorer to open zipped files.  Here are some easy instructions from Microsoft in case you’ve not done this before.


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