Spring Fling 2011

Last weekend I completed “Spring Fling 2011”, a photo collage art project featuring all 27 of my son’s first grade classmates. Just before Thanksgiving my brother-in-law and I photographed the children in the classroom. I explained my job as an art director for advertising, and told them that they were all “Talent” or “Models” for my project.

This morning I went back to unveil the final product via a Big Screen Presentation complete with music. I described the “client presentation” process, and told them they were the clients. They were very good clients, since they liked everything. I gave them each “leave behinds” of an 13 x 19 archival giclee (archival poster print suitable for framing) and a personalized 5×7 image with a link to this post. It is really fun how excited the kids are when they see themselves on the screen for the first time. They were very well behaved, though, as Mr. Grass, the principal, sat in on the presentation.

This is the final installment of a 4-part series. Last year I created a fall scene named “Fall Fun 2010”. Two years ago I did a summer scene called “Summer Break 2009” and three years ago a winter scene titled “Snow Day 2007”. Each artwork featured a castle to represent the school name, Castle Heights.

Files for download —

Right click link FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO and choose “Save link as…” or “Open link in new window” to download a copy of the full resolution version.

Right click link EMAIL FRIENDLY SIZE PHOTO and choose “Save link as…” or “Open link in new window” to download a copy of the email friendly version to send to grandma.

If you are having problems getting the video to play, DOWNLOAD A 110 MB ZIP OF THE VIDEO.

What do you think? (make a comment below)


  1. Really cute! I didn’t know Miles could kick so high. Great photos of the kids, plus great little critter additions. Much love, Mom/Grandma.

  2. Fantastic Nels!!

  3. This is the second time my 1st grade class has had the great fortune of working with Nels. The whole process including the end result of a photo is amazing. The kids love to see how it is done as much as they like the photo they take home. What an awesome experience! Thank You Nels

    • Michele and I are so happy you have been both boys first grade teacher! You are the best. I am confident you will retain your job next year despite that ridiculous pink slip!!! Shame on the state of California.

  4. All four of those are really fun Nels. Nice job. And what a nice thing to do! I’ll bet the kids (and their parents) are absolutely thrilled.

  5. We love your newest class photo. It’s fantastic! I just scrolled through looking at all the little details. I even found the totally clever reflections of kids in the puddle. The photo has just a colorful, bright, clean crispness to it. The football was the first thing to attract my attention. It sticks out like 3D.

    Tell Miles we like his great karate kick.

  6. Nels, all your projects kick ass!! Really cool!!

  7. Very cool!

  8. Can you be my dad?

  9. You are so talented! Amazing work! A true masterpiece that will be forever cherished!!!! Thank you!!!!

  10. It looks awesome.

  11. I have a freelance job for you. But at your 2002 rate. Wait I’m sure that’s more then today?

  12. We are so lucky that Kaitlyn has been in Miles’ classes for two years now. We were so happy with the one you did for Ms. Lamb’s class last year and now this one. What a great keepsake for her!! Thank you so much, Nels!! 🙂

  13. Thank you so much for the beautiful photo collage of our class and the individual photos!! You have an amazing gift and talent. I wish you much success!

  14. Just watched the video and I was rather impressed. The kids can now see it’s not easy being a model. Great choice of music too… can’t go wrong with AIR!

    Thank Again for the memories!

  15. On behalf of Ms. LaBelle’s class, thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful spring picture of our kids and the individual picture of each child. It is such a unique picture and so nice to have to remember our kid’s first grade experience with Ms. LaBelle. We really appreciate all the work you put into this!

  16. Thank you for making such a wonderful keepsake for the kids! It is such a unique picture. Morgan has it proudly displayed in her room.

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