I’m the kind of person that sets up my room before the last day of school in June. Yep, you heard that right: JUNE. I cut paper, clean shelves, and even design and set up my art room bulletin board in advance of the last day before summer vacation. It works for me and reduces my stress going into the new year.
But in talking to other art teachers it seems that many struggle with their art room bulletin board. That’s where sharing is so helpful an necessary. So here’s what I came up with for this year.
Art Room Bulletin Board Ideas
Instagram: How to Have Fun in Art!
I borrowed the Instagram idea from something I saw elsewhere online but used photos that I took in class last year. I’ve been trying to get my parents and students more knowledgable and interested in art class. Many of my parents still think art teachers throw crayons and paper at kids and let them do whatever they want all the time without a reason or focus. I’m hoping through daily exposure, they’ll realize that we do way more than just play with crayons and paint.
This Instagram display shows pictures of projects we did last year along with some snapshots of students working on various projects. These are some of my favorite art projects:
Increase Your App-Titude!
I’m trying to encourage our iPad crazy kids to jump on the art bandwagon and learn about art and design by checking out some cool apps. I made this bulletin board using my iPad Frames clipart to make the accompanying images with famous pieces of art. Well, I was doing that until the school’s printer promptly ran out of ink and I didn’t have enough to finish the bottom with iPads. I’ve since gone back and made the bottom say, “in Art” so it looks more complete. This one would make a great bulletin board for anyone teaching STEAM.
The Elements of Art
When I introduce the elements of art to my kindergarteners, I tell them that they’re like tools in a tool belt. And that they’re used to create works of art and that each tool has a different job. And then we do projects throughout the school year tied to each tool.
So this year I decided that I’d make a giant tool belt and post examples of each tool around it. I’m still adding samples as we go through various lessons. I wish I had more space in my classroom for displays. I’d love to show an example of each tool “in action” with an accompanying piece of art. I do have space above the display because we have high ceilings, but I can’t figure out a safe way to get up there.
And that’s what I’ve got so far. I have another space in my room that I’m not showing yet which just has some posters on it until I can get some completed artwork hung up there. I could definitely use some art room bulletin board ideas for that one! Maybe you have an idea for me? Drop a comment below. I love hearing what you all do in your own art room.