You know those nasty drop ceiling tiles the look like cork and are probably full of asbestos? The art teacher at my school has come up with a fantastic way to teach her students about commissioned art pieces and make our ceilings much prettier.
After spending lots of time talking with teachers and their classes about what kind of ceiling tile art they would like, students design and paint ceiling tiles for every classroom. So far we have commissioned the Olivia tile and the beach tile. We love to look up at the beach sunset when we need a quick "mental vacation". The alien/robot one was already in my room when I arrived six years ago.
Our custodians are so kind to remove and replace tiles all year long. I'm already thinking about what kind of tile I want to get for next year. Probably something to do with minpins -- specifically my minpin Lily. I wonder if the art students could capture her essence. Pretty tricky. :)