5 Ways to Create a Classroom Art Gallery

Check out these affordable options for setting up a student art gallery.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Let Kids be the Curators

  • Encourage students to choose their own art and writing to display. Showcase “best” work that’s been through the revision process.
  • Ask kids to write their names and the titles of their pieces on index cards to post near their work. They can also include “artist’s statements” if desired.
  • Keep things fresh by changing work biweekly. Valentine hearts feel a little stale by April!

1. Painter’s Tape

Use strips of bright masking or painter’s tape to create instant frames that won’t damage walls. Japanese washi tape comes in particularly fun patterns and colors and is available online.

2. Clipboards

Kids can easily switch out their own masterpieces when you hang clipboards in a square or rectangular grid.
A nearby step stool can help little ones reach the top row.

3. Curtain-Rod Clips

Short on space? Look up. Install a curtain rod a few inches from your ceiling and display students’ creations using shower or curtain clips. Avoid nails or screws by placing a suspension rod in a tight area (such as a window well or library nook).

4. Cork Wall Tiles

Cork panels or tiles take up less room than a classic bulletin board, making them a great choice for narrow corners or otherwise unused classroom real

5. Clip Hangers

Kids can personalize skirt hangers with paint and other decorations—and you can move the hangers from wall to bulletin board to clothesline.


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