For teachers and instructors

collective art project the big pictureWe strongly encourage teachers and instructors to use the Big Picture as a spring board for a class or workshop.

It is also a resource in health care settings as it can be used for therapeutic or simply occupational purposes.

Click here to download some suggestions by Sophie Babeanu (Art therapist) that can help you design your class or activity.


 Catherine Schechter ‘s lesson plan:

Click here to download : Art Twig and Ink Landscape Lesson for the Big Picture Project

Catherine Schechter North Vancouver art teacher


Catherine is a teacher with North Vancouver School District 44, North Vancouver, and an art teacher with Artists For Kids. She holds a Bachelor of Education from The University of British Columbia and a Fine Arts Diploma from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She also studied Studio Fine Arts at The University of Alberta and Mount Alison University. Catherine received an Excellence in Teaching award, Intermediate level, from the BC Art Teachers Association in 2015




 Erica Weiss ‘ class notes for her art class with high school students

Click here to download Erica Weiss class notes


Erica is an art teacher at Bodwell High School in North Vancouver. She holds an Honours degree in History in Art from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. In 2016, she completed her Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Victoria. She enjoys painting with oil and acrylic, and you view her paintings at

Participating in the Big Picture with elementary school students

Here are a few recommandations to make it easier to participate in the Big Picture in a class setting:

  • We recommend you scan the children drawings instead of taking pictures, it is easier to get a good picture that way and you don’t have to worry about the lighting
  • The drawing your student make can be any size as long as it is square. An 8 x 8 inches square drawing for example will fit in a letter size paper and will be easy to scan. You can download our blank square PDF file and print it.
  • We love all kinds of drawings in the Big Picture, so no need to worry about the students skills, drawing is about self expression and telling a story for this project.
  • Drawings with high contrast will show better on the project so we recommend you use ink, black felts, charcoal … or any dark medium. Graphite might show a bit less well because of lack of contrast.
  • You can find many ideas about drawing techniques on this page.

the big picture art project for elementary students

Writing the Captions for elementary school students

Younger students might need a bit of help to write the captions. We usually recommend writing from 2-3 to 8 sentences that will tell a short story. Here are some ideas about what the students could write about:

  • Where you live
  • Where you are from
  • Your life at home or at school
  • A place you visited
  • A pet you love
  • How you like to spend time with your family or your friends
  • An activity you like to do
  • Projects you have for the future

For more ideas , you can browse the Big Picture past entries here.

Uploading to the Big Picture

Younger students might need a bit of help to upload their entry.

Students can stay anonymous if they want to and just use their initials. We ask for an email so we can let participants know if they have been featured or if they won a prize, and keep them updated about the project. The email they give us won’t be made public.

We also ask for a connection to Vancouver or simply what Vancouver evokes to you. That might be an opportunity to have students research Vancouver and just write about what they found interesting about the city.

Sharing your experience

If you want to write a blog post about your experience in class, or share a lesson plan, let us know and we will be happy to publish your entry on our website.


Feel free to contact us if you have any question.