Jace set to work measuring, sketching, drafting and revising her banner design, and seeking input on the various aspects of her plan.
“It was really great to see her effectively engage the executive functioning skills and project management strategies that we have been working on throughout the year,” said Mary Hurlbut, Director of Transitions and the Transition Program at Stanbridge Academy. “She did a great job managing the workload of this task in the context of concurrent projects. She was receptive to feedback and responded with aplomb.”
Soon the paint—a blend of crimson, red, orange, and yellow—filled the top of her butcher paper canvas; silhouettes of palm trees, surfboards, and a vibrant setting sun were layered atop the glowing sky.
Jace found inspiration for her design by searching on Google images and from the products in one of her favorite childhood retail catalogs.
“I figured the poster should look like something out of [an] Oriental Trading [Company Catalog] with tiki torches and palm trees, something like a Hawaiian party but with my own spin on it,” said Jace.
Jace added her artist’s signature by incorporating a penguin into the design. A silhouette of the small, smug creature can be seen basking in the sunset below the palm trees.
Reflecting on the project, Jace said it was “a lot of work but a lot of fun!”
Although she has not attended the Stanbridge prom previously, creating the poster inspired Jace to make an appearance at this year’s event with her date Mr. Fluffles the Penguin.