I believe it was on Mini Matisse that I saw a fun check board painting she was doing with her students. I loved the idea, but had to think where I wanted to take it from the check board "base". My first graders loved getting to paint the check board!! There were varying levels of success, but all looked nice once completed! The next class time I had them trace the original pencil lines with a black crayon. They then created a "critter" to place on the check board. I told them to think of it as a school picture for their creations! The faces crack me up! I love the expressions.