August 21, 2009

Art Room Bulletin Boards - Looking, Thinking, & Talking About Art

Last year I finally got a big boy's chalk board!! They had ordered new white boards for about half the rooms(all they could afford)...and where just getting rid of the old chalk boards. I love my chalk boards because I can put stuff on them with magnets!!! I have a magnetic word wall, art posters, and I keep a stock of sheet magnets so I can make about anything magnetic!! Anyways, I asked them for one...and they were happy to hang it on my other wall. They took the bulletin board from that wall and placed it here...going vertical. I knew I wanted to make an area to look/talk/think/write about art!!! My old little chalk board is a great place to hang prints to go with my lessons. And on the right side I have liquid nailed metal sheets up to the wall & that is where my word wall/vocab hangs!!!

This board has prompts for discussing art. I also printed out a ton of words to help the student talk about art. They are mostly adjectives that have a bit more meet to them than pretty or ugly! ha ha I created the boarder from old art text books that were going to be discarded.

My small chalk board is the perfect place to post the large Discover Art prints. I use the fatty clip magnets to secure them in place. I also printed out a sing that says Portrait Art that's up in the top left hand corner.

Please forgive the poor picture, but this is my word wall. I bought four sheets of metal at Home Depot and Liquid Nailed them to my wall. I wrote my words out on index card(the back cause I didn't like the lines showing), and placed sheet magnets on the back. I will grab the words from their and place them on my large chalk board with my teacher examples to reinforce the vocabulary with the art!


  1. LOVE the word wall! What a GREAT idea! I am going to borrow it someday!

  2. I really like the bulletin board you created with questions to help students think and talk about art in a meaningful way. Great idea!
    Glad to find your blog Mr. E, will be adding it to my blog list :)

  3. I can't wait to see 2010's room design!

  4. Hi Mr. E! We loved this concept - the combination of the prompt board & word wall to help your kiddos think about and articulate their thoughts about art - and featured it at our blog, Bulletin Board Ideas! We were sure to give photo/idea credit, as well as a link back to your site, but we'd love for you to check it out and, if there are any problems, we'll be sure to take the feature down immediately!

    Thanks so much!
    Kayla Johnson

  5. I would love to see photos of your art room. How big is it?

  6. I would love to see photos of your art room. Mine is not big enough to hang all the bulletin boards you have.

  7. Mr. E, I love your bulletin boards. After seeing this post, I was confident that using an entire board in my room for "thinking about art" or "solving a visual problem" was NOT a poor use of space. Thank you :o)