Blank Pages

Last summer, I was in a comic shop to pick up my new arrivals to add to my Superman collection. While I was there, the owner asked if I wanted a copy of one of the blank Superman comics on sale that month. They were designed for children to draw their own comic art in. At first, I declined the offer and was ready to make my purchase, but then I thought it would be a nice addition to my office collection and provide an opportunity for students to doodle while they were in my office.  I purchased the blank comic and brought it to school.

Once the school year began, I decided to invite one student from each classroom to draw a picture for the book. An artist corner was created in the office with coloring materials and Superman artifacts to inspire the imagination. When students arrived to create their art, they were given two simple parameters. They could draw anything they wished as long as it pertained to Superman and they had to fill in the entire page with color. Students were called into the office each week to add their contribution to the book.

From the first student who came to my office to the last, I was amazed at the vivid imagination that was displayed on the pages of the book. Some drew a classic pose of the Man of Steel, some drew Supergirl and other comic characters, and some drew themselves as superheroes. My favorite part of the project was taking the picture of the students with their finished artwork as they beamed with pride. As the pages began to fill up, I realized what a special project this had become and that it was destined to be a keepsake to remember this year at Buchanan. I hope this book will be something our current students will look back on with fondness and something that will inspire our future students as well!



“For me, the blank page to draw on is a window to adventure.” – Eduardo Risso

“Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.” – Julia Cameron

“I enjoy the freedom of a blank page.” – Irvine Welsh



Melissa Haapala                                        Syndie Canterberry


  • Monday, June 10: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, 4th Grade Celebration at Rec Center
  • Tuesday, June 11: Kindergarten Concert (Outside) 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 12: Field Day, Student Reports sent home (IRIPS, Reading Proficiency Reports & Math iReady Parent Reports)
  • Thursday, June 13: Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM, Lunch provided by the Social Committee in the lounge
  • Friday, June 14: Island Drum Assembly 10:00 AM, 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM, Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Monday, June 17: Optional Teacher Work Day

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