Behind the Scenes: Teacher Thank You

Picking out end of the year teacher gifts is something I always struggle with. Finding a gift that the teacher will love that conveys our appreciation is no easy feat. We unfortunately don’t have a big budget to work with, so that adds to the trouble.

We’ve had some amazing teachers over the years, and my youngest’s teacher this past year was no exception. She has had all three of my kids for kindergarten, and has gone above and beyond for all of them. I really wanted to do something special for her, but nothing seemed right at the stores.

And that’s when I got an idea….


I drew her kids for her!

B has been mentioning for a couple years that she’d love to have me do a drawing for her, so this seemed like the perfect timing.

Medium: Graphite on paper

Size: 8 x 10, framed and matted to 10 x 13

Time to complete:  Probably only 3-4 hours, but as I hurt my hand, it was spread out over 5 or so days

Thought process: Fairly straight-forward! Once I found a recent-ish photo of the kids, it all fell into place.

Problems with the piece: I used to babysit these three cuties, but as I hadn’t done that in a year, I didn’t have a recent photo of them on hand. I happened to have a picture in the church directory of them, which is what I used, but it was tiny, so getting the detail from a little picture was challenging.

Oh, and getting the youngest’s face right was hard. He took the longest; once I stepped back and really looked at it, I realized I was putting his eyes up too high. I moved them down, and the rest was smooth sailing.


Favorite part: I think B’s daughter turned out really well, and I love the youngest’s overalls!!!! Honestly, I think it all turned out really well.


I also got to personally deliver the drawing to school, so watching B’s reaction when she opened it was pretty spectacular.

Least favorite part: If I had to choose something, it would be the smile on the older boy (on the right) isn’t as big and happy as it is in real life; I had a hard time getting it to look right, yet not look fake.


Fun Tidbits: B’s oldest and my youngest have been best friends for 4 1/2 years, so my youngest was very critical of this drawing! But, his criticalness helped me capture her likeness in the end 🙂


What is your go-to gift for teachers? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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