Walls Can Teach – Inspiring Art Rooms


Is it just me, or do you love looking at other peoples inspiring art rooms?  I’m interested to see how they have made a space ripe for creativity, how they display students work and how they make it welcoming and appealing.  It always makes me want to improve my own art room.  The following are simply some pictures I’ve had permission to post from the many talented art teachers posting and tweeting on the internet.

You know you have a dedicated Art Teacher when even the outside of their room is given this much care and attention.  This inspiring and creative corridor was created by Chris Christofori.

A big ‘wow’ goes to Carly Moriah.  This is her room at Valley High School in Smithers WV, and she also teaches at Valley Elementary.  I can’t imagine the hours that have gone into creating this colourful and welcoming space.  Every corner has been carefully considered.

Walls that look as if they are dripping with paint are a colorful backdrop.

I’m glad to see Bob Ross has made an appearance!

I love a good ‘before and after’ shot.  Look at these shelves that have been transformed by Emily Victoria.  I’m certain that this has a positive impact on the way students look after the materials and resources that we provide.  The photo below is also from Emily Victoria.  Isn’t the writing on the wall appealing? And what a great message – Art is for Everyone.

The art room below is the creation of Jamie Amanda Phillips Bozeman who works in a school in Panama City Florida.  This striking Van Gogh and Mondrian inspired space must be a pleasure to work in.  There was a phrase about ‘environment’ when I was training to be an art teaching that said ‘Walls Can Teach’.  That is certainly the case here.

No contest which is the best spray booth. Another creative before and after pic to get us Art Teachers inspired! Look at the lovely gradation in that paintwork!  Thank you Megan Danahy.

There are lots of great ideas in this art room belonging to Julie Brncich.  I’m jeallous of all this space and clearly colour is king!  Check out the paintbrush hall passes!

Erin Freeland Ledyard’s Van Gogh ‘ART’ letters would transform any dull corner in any Art Room.  I WANT THEM!!!!

The clock below by Miss Bright Blue Hue (aka Margaret McDonald – find her on Instagram) has been transformed by colourful pen lids.  It truly is an Art Room clock.  I’ve been wondering what I could stick around the edge of my clock…

This gallery shows inspiring art rooms that I found on Pinterest.  There are plenty of good ideas to borrow here!

The resources below, available on The Arty Teacher, are a great way to transform the front of sketchbook pages or drawer fronts or crates.  The first is for ‘grades’ the second is for UK year groups.

Sketchbook front covers

If you are going to revamp your art room, perhaps you should revamp your teaching with some of the excellent strategies in some of my favourite teaching books.




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