Tuesday, June 05, 2012

head of the class

June is a time for many schools to celebrate special occasions and tributes with accolades and awards.  Part of the successes are due to great academics, disciplines and the department heads who instill, inspire and lead many classes to graduate with honors.
Rigor and challenge are what make a school and it's staff as well as students thrive.
Loving and supportive parents also help as the school years require collaborative efforts.

Can you spot the uniforms, the first sketch I felt the uniforms were too light so I added a darker navy blue and felt very pleased in the illustration below.
A recent framed commission of this elite school in New York city was given to a departing school director, after many years of dedication and service.  Read these ten things from her departing speech.
Just stellar departing words of wisdom.

Do you start to get the school blues with all the special year end celebrations and speeches from graduates and special staff stepping down after being such integral parts of one's environ?
June is such a journey at every institution.

Good luck to all the students, graduates and staff at all the many institutions all over the world this June.


P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

Patricia, these are wonderful.

pve design said...

Thank-you little Augury for your kind words.

Joyce said...

I love the splash of blue and the faces of the girls. :) xo

pve design said...

I can always count on you to light up my day.
Thanks for your comments and support of my work.

Holly Gruszka said...

It is a special time of year - I remember the times fondly both for me and my brother. Your pieces are beautiful.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Beautiful illustrations...I love the list of ten...so true! In 17 days my daughter will graduate and I'm so thankful for the lessons she has learned and taught us and for all her educators that have made a difference in who she is today. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Acquired Objects said...

What a wonderful way to remember a time in your life and your illustation is beautiful. I remember graduating schools fondly but it's usually the start of school I miss most.


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annechovie said...

Very nicely done - I am sure this is a wonderful keepsake for her! xo

I Dream Of said...

I still get a little nostalgic for school both during graduation season and then in September when the school year starts. I think we're never to old to learn! Love seeing the "before" and "after" for your work and what a difference a detail can make! XO

Dana said...

Love, love these!!!

Unknown said...

Perfect timing! Today we had my oldest son's "moving up" ceremony. He just finished 4th grade and will be moving into the Middle School next year. I love how they took time to honor the growth of the students and the dedication, time and energy from their teachers.

I'm sure that special headmistress was thrilled with her commission of a pve!

xoxo Elizabeth

Caryl said...

I recognized those girls, and I recognize the school,
and reading the headmistress's farewell, I was
reminded of my own single sex education. Thank
you for bringing me to such a warm memory.

Chasing Motherhood said...

Hi Patricia,
I love the art work and know the place well! I found the list of ten things so fabulous I added it in a PS to a post of mine today - I hope that is ok?
Thanks as always,

Lisa Mende said...

Quite fabulous as always! You are so talented my kind friend! Love the speech as well!

Jessica Ryan said...

I looked at the girls and thought Nightingale! I adore these - adore them!

annie@mostlovelythings said...


Beautiful illustrations and I love the navy skirts! I adore the one with all the variations of the uniforms...such a big part of their years in school. Girls have such a way of tweaking their uniform just enough to show their style, but not get a demerit. I guess my son does that too, but not like the girls. They will love this!

And the list of ten things...brilliant!