Most art teachers brainstorm each school year to think of fresh ideas for their classroom or hallway bulletin boards. While some art teachers may have one display board, other teachers may be assigned three or more to continually rotate. If you’re looking for some creative new bulletin board ideas, here are 20 unique displays – fun, educational, and all promoting art!
Bulletin Board Idea #1: Art Class Vocabulary – Write out the important art terms and definitions relevant to what you are teaching your students at the moment. For example, if you are discussing drawing, write the vocab: “shading”, “value”, “charcoal”, “highlight”, “crosshatching”, etc.
Bulletin Board Idea #2: Get-to-Know the Artists – Pick an artist to focus on. For instance, pick Vincent Van Gogh, display his self-portrait, some of his works, a brief biography, and describe his role in the history of art. Rotate artists every so often.
Bulletin Board Idea #3: Art Mysteries – Design an ‘art history mystery’ question for students to research, or display an artwork and have students figure out who made it. Consider giving prizes for first correct answer (or draw randomly from all correct answers).
Bulletin Board Idea #4: Our School’s Artists – Have each student – and staff member – create a small self-portrait and display each portrait on your display board. Students will have fun finding themselves, their friends, and teachers in the mix (like a “Where’s Waldo?” of artists)!
Bulletin Board Idea #5: Highlight a Local Artist – Look into your community’s art organizations or galleries to find local artists to spotlight on your display board. Consider inviting the artist come and be a guest speaker for your art classes.
Bulletin Board Idea #6: Variations on an Art Genre – Put “Still Life” or another art genre heading at the top of the board. Find artwork variations on this genre and display underneath so students can see there are many creative options available. (For instance, display a Renaissance still-life, a Cezanne, a collage, print, photo-montage, even a sculpture still life.)
Bulletin Board Idea #7: “Art Is…” – Invite your students to write what art is or what it means to them (or they can draw instead of write). Display as many as possible under the heading “Art is…”
Bulletin Board Idea #8: “Art Inspires!” – Explain to students how all artists are inspired by others. Display an artwork of your choosing (or multiple artworks from one artist), and have students create their own original artworks, inspired by what they’ve seen.
Bulletin Board Idea #9: Teacher Artwork – Invite other teachers or the administrator to sit in on an art class and create artwork along with your students. Display their finished work on a special board. As an alternative, ask the staff if they have anything they’ve made in the past they could display (even if it’s needlepoint, quilting, woodcarving, etc.).
Bulletin Board Idea #10: Artist Quotes – Find quotes from famous artists online, type in fun fonts and colors, then print out to display on your board. For instance, many know of Picasso’s: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one when he grows up.” Check out the Incredible Art Department’s “Quotes about Art” for many artist quotes
Bulletin Board Idea #11: “All About (Medium, Art Element or Design Principle)” – Create an educational presentation all about an art subject, such as “Printmaking”, “Sculpture”, “Balance” or “Color.” Explain it, show examples, list the qualities and characteristics, and more.
Bulletin Board Idea #12: Highlight an Art Movement, Culture or Time in History – Dedicate a rotating display to educating students about various art movements (“Impressionism”, “Dada”, “Surrealism”), time periods (“Art in the Industrial Revolution”) or cultures (“The Art of Japan”).
Bulletin Board Idea #13: Which Item/Artwork Doesn’t Belong? – Display several artworks that are linked by a common thread (photographs, Expressionist paintings, or the work of a similar artist), then display one which does not belong. Have students make an informed guess on which one does not fit with the others.
Bulletin Board Idea #14: Cool Art Websites – Display a variety of appropriate art-related websites that students can visit. List the title, URL and a brief description (or even a page printout). Find a great resource of online art games and activities for kids here at the Incredible Art Department’s “Online Art Activities for Kids.”
Bulletin Board Idea #15: Visit an Art Museum – Dedicate a rotating display to different art museums around the world (or just in your country). Print out the name of the museum, show where it is on the map, and print out small copies of the museum’s collection.
Bulletin Board Idea #16: Art Satires – Find media satires of famous artworks. Spoofs can be found online, in magazines, and even calendars. Alternatively, focus on one artwork that is spoofed – such as 10 satires of “Mona Lisa”, “American Gothic”, etc.
Bulletin Board Idea #17: Art in the News – Save (or have your students collect) recent newspaper, magazine or internet clippings about art in the news. Consider focusing on one aspect, such as art museum burglaries, high-priced art auctions/sales, etc.
Bulletin Board Idea #18: Art Careers – Educate your students on art careers by creating a display board listing various art-related jobs. Consider listing as many careers as you can, or focus on explaining the duties, responsibilities, outlook, salary, and required education for a few specific careers. For a list of art-related careers, read: “55 Careers for Anyone Interested in Visual or Fine Arts.”
Bulletin Board Idea: #19: Document an Art Field Trip – Planning an art class field trip? Plan ahead by bringing a camera and photo-document your trip. Create a display board showing where the students went, what they learned and photos of the activities.
Bulletin Board Idea #20: Explain What All Grades/Classes are Learning in Art Class – This is a great presentation idea when you need a display for an Open House or Parent’s Night. List each grade or class (when applicable), and write what each is currently working on, as well as the state standards being taught, and which artists/artworks the students are learning about. Attach a small artwork sample.
Never be bankrupt of creative art class bulletin board ideas again! Use any of these 20 ideas to fulfill your classroom or hallway board requirements, and create educational, imaginative, unique art-related presentations that will be admired by administrators, teachers, parents and students alike.