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Spelling Bee

  • Make a bee-line for the classroom with this buzzy print

    Spelling Bee is bee-decked with bee-utiful bees! In addition to the classic bee toy and vintage BEE HIVE corn syrup tin, the half-erased words on the chalkboard are all bee related and the blocks say “spell bee”. Can you see that I am bee-sotten?

  • The background Spelling Bee is a chalkboard from the school days of yore, so unlike the whiteboards and computer screens of modern classrooms. My goal is to provide an almost tactile experience, where you practically feel the chalk on your fingertips as you view the image.

    To achieve the chalkboard look, I drew on the painted surface with white oil pastels, then erased, similar to how you would with a real chalkboard.


    Other details

    The Fisher-Price Buzzy Bee toy was popular with a whole generation who were kids in the 50s and 60s. The pull toy came in several models, including Queen Bee, complete with crown. The vintage corn syrup tin is from the 30s.

    If you would like to see more on my chalkboard effect, I invite you to view this video:



  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.

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