Updated: May 31
Three years ago I started a new art teaching job and for the first time ever bulletin boards were in my job description! I am responsible for six bulletin boards, a display case, and a hallway gallery! Thats a lot of bulletin boards!!
I have discovered that I like making bulletin boards but they take awhile to make. The art that is ready to hang I lay out on the floor in front of the bulletin board and that's when I usually discover it doesn't fit. Either I have too much art or not enough. Usually I just show the artwork from one class at a time and I don't have enough art to fill a large bulletin board. Sometimes I recreate the project in a larger scale to fill up and balance the bulletin board. These are some of the bulletin boards I have created the last few years.
I will continue to update this blog post as I create new bulletin boards this school year so check back later I have six bulletin boards to maintain!
Charley Harper Winter Cardinals
2nd grade students created winter cardinals in the style of Charley Harper
The bulletin board February 1, 2020
“When I look at wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns…in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."---Charley Harper
Charley Harper Art by 2nd Grade
Second grade students learned about artist Charley Harper, his love of animals and nature. Using cut paper, markers, and paint students created a series of winter cardinals in the style of Charley Harper. Using what the artist called, “minimal realism,” students captured the essence of cardinals by using striking shapes, simple lines, and bold colors.
The process of building the Charley Harper Winter Cardinal Bulletin Board
This video shows the process of making this bulletin board
4th grade students just finished painting Flamingos!
This is the new Flamingo Bulletin Board.
This video shows the process of making this bulletin board
The Process of building The Flamingo Bulletin Board in pictures
When I lined up all the flamingo artwork by 4th grade next to the bulletin board... it didn't fit.! There was too much negative space around the artwork and I wanted more balance. I decided to create a larger flamingo scene in the center to make the board more exciting and give it the balance of positive and negative space that was missing. I started by painting flamingos on a large roll of white paper. When the flamingos were dry I cut them out. Then I was lucky to find paper that already had a water print on it. That water paper became the flamingo pond! The third picture shows everything taped to the board to see how the total design fits. Now I trace around flamingos and made pencil marks to remind myself how everything fits. Everything is removed from the board and the background is painted. I started by painting the sunset and then the grasses. When the background was dry the board was built. I could still see my pencil marks under the dry paint. The pencil marks reminded me how the board fit together.
Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for the Lesser Flamingo Art Lesson.
National Dot Day, The Bulletin Board
Art by Kindergarten
In Art class we talked about an international holiday called, Dot Day. We read the book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of one students journey of becoming an artist. Students also learned about artist Wassily Kandinsky. He was an abstract painter famous for saying, “Everything starts from a dot!” Inspired by Kandinsky’s Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913. Kindergarten students painted Concentric circles that started with a dot sticker for Dot Day!
"The night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." ---Vincent Van Gogh.
Kindergarten students created these Starry Night mixed media landscapes. Students explored art materials, textures, moods, and colors of Van Gogh’s art.
Art Is For Everyone
At ArtOfEd.com I read this great article titled," Inclusivity for All Learners in the Art Room" The article is from August 2019, it talked about creating a learning environment where every student feels included, valued, and encouraged! That's the environment I strive to create! I believe it is important for students to not only see themselves reflected in the curriculum, but also to see the great impact made by artists from diverse backgrounds.The article was written by Jordan DeWilde, This year he is teaching high school art.
Jordan DeWilde designed the above series of artist posters with inspiring quotes. These 25 artists demonstrate that "Great art has been made by men and women of different races, cultures, and communities throughout history." Art is for Everyone art posters can be purchased HERE. Thank you Jordan for inspiring all of my students with your amazing posters!
When I printed the letters I used a variety of fonts to reinforce the many styles of art!
Nugget and Fang
Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack is a humorous story about friendships, and starting school. The illustrations depict a gentle & caring shark named Fang ...not an easy task with all those teeth!
First grade students used oil pastels and watercolor paint to draw an underwater background. Then students created sheets of painted paper for collage. Students cut out shapes from the painted papers to make Nugget and Fang’s body, oil pastels were used for drawing details and shading.
This art lesson is from Deep Space Sparkle
The Nugget and Fang Bulletin Board, art by first grade
Britto Bulletin Board
Second grade students used markers and printmaking techniques to create pop art in the style of Romero Britto. This art lesson is from Deep Space Sparkle
Giraffes Can't Dance
What is YOUR talent...that you didn't know you had until you TRIED?
Kindergarten students read the book, "Giraffes Can't Dance" A fun colorful story about an African dance competition and a giraffe named Gerald who was brave to be different from the others and finally found the right music! Students painted Gerald dancing!!
Winter Birds and Birch Trees
This art project was inspired by Lois Ehlert, an author and illustrator.
We read, "Snowballs," a book about winter birds and building a snow family. "Do you think birds know when it's going to snow?" Students were inspired by Ehlert's collage illustrations of colorful birds eating seeds under birch trees on a gray snowy day.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
We read the book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. This book has such a fun rhythm and rhyme that students giggled and then enjoyed joining in! This book inspired our first art project of the year as we are learning names of new students. We looked at the illustrations by Lois Ehlert and in her style created a polka doted border. Students glued the coconut tree pieces in place. Finally, students had to find all the letters of their names in a giant pile of foam letter stickers. Students put their names ‘falling’ out of the Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM tree.
Split Face Self Portraits
This challenging drawing project focuses on symmetry. Third and fourth grade students cut photographs in half. Using precise measurement and skillful shading, students carefully integrated the photographic image and the drawing so that the two halves connected gracefully.
This is a simple bulletin board that really showcases the skill and talent of my students and the artwork fits on the board pretty well too ; )
What an exciting bulletin board and some how I fit all of it on one board, that was a challenge.
If you are interested in Fluid Painting I wrote a whole blog dedicated to it HERE.
Rainbow Self-Portrait Collaborative Bulletin Board
I have seen many incredible versions of this bulletin board online. I was super inspired by Fanciful Art Room's version. I love the quotes she used with the artwork. You can read about her in depth process HERE. Thank you Fanciful Art Room.
I needed to add a boarder of colorful lines around the perimeter of the rainbow portraits because the portraits didn't fit on the board.
Grades K-3 drew Monochromatic Self-portraits and
Grades 4-5 drew Analogous Self-portraits.
This was our first art project of the school year (2017-2018). Students learned about the Color Wheel and this project introduced color relationships in a fun way! Each table in each grade was assigned one color. Students used markers, pencils, and crayons. The mixed materials allowed for various shades and hues of the same color. The fourth and fifth graders could use 2 colors: one color and one analogous color to make the intermediate color transitions in our mural. Kindergarten students created the border by drawing and painting different kinds of lines.
The bulletin board also included famous quotes about colors and rainbows from artists and writers throughout history.
This picture shows the process of lining up everyones portraits in the color order of the rainbow. They did not all fit on top of this table but I needed to visualize how the colorful self portraits transitioned.
These are the quotes in the mural;
“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”
“What a privilege to be here on the planet to contribute your unique donation to humankind. Each face in the rainbow of colors that populate our world is precious and special.”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”
“Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come shining through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
“People are like the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.”
"What Lift's You?"
Kelsey Montague-Interactive Collaborative School Mural.
International street artist, Kelsey Montague, began a #WhatLiftsYou campaign to provide people with the opportunity to share what inspires them. She chose wings, separated with a space for each individual to stand.
Special thanks to All the student artists who contributed each feather.
I collected 80+ feathers!
you can read more about the process of making this mural HERE
Thank you Cassie Stephens for your "What Lifts You?" inspiration
you can find her lesson for a collaborative/interactive bulletin board HERE