More Art Show Display Ideas


devan's super space saving display

Our students are so lucky! Why? We have dedicated parent volunteers in our art program. One very special volunteer is Devan, chair of the annual art show.

I wanted to share a few of Devan’s ideas for displaying a lot of student art, both 2D and 3D, using just three 6-foot tables.

Here’s how Devan does it:

  • arrange the tables in a ‘T’
  • skirt all the tables with student art
  • place narrow risers in the center of the tables

Table Skirt Display

We created table skirts from bulletin board paper, and stapled the art to them using a long reach stapler.


We use long, narrow ‘beams’ of styrofoam as risers for the table. They are twelve inches tall, six feet long, and about six inches wide. We we able to pin third grade self-portraits to both sides of the styrofoam.

Result: we had space to show ceramics on top of the table and the risers:

The space-saving display

The space-saving display.

Door Display

Do you like the cut out I made for the handle?

Do you like the cut out I made for the handle?

Do you like my door display? I used the time-saving ‘Deep Space Sparkle’ method to hang these: mount the art on construction paper, then staple the art to bulletin board paper using a long reach stapler. I urge you to read this post – it contains so many practical, time-saving tips.

Want more of Devan’s creative display ideas? Click here to see images of our beach-themed 2012 art show.  Thanks again to all the parents, art room and art show volunteers for supporting art in our school.

Note to art education bloggers: if you look carefully, you may see an art project from your blog!  

Art Show 2013

art show 2013

Whew! We had a fabulous art show last week. Everyone – students, parents and staff – loved the show! Here are some ideas from our show.

Pick a Theme

She’s back! “Crazy Quilt” is our creation for Cow Parade La Jolla.

All of our art shows have a theme, and we keep it secret until the show. This year it’s Cow Parade. Our school created this cow, “Crazy Quilt” back in 2009 for Cow Parade La Jolla. It is inspired by a 3rd grader’s design. The cow made a visit to our school for maintenance and ended up being the star of the art show.

Create an Interactive Event

Cow Parade coloring contest

Our art shows always have an interactive event. This year it is a Cow Parade coloring contest. In past years we had a QR code scavenger hunt, and a stamping station with eraser stamps made by our sixth graders.

Music and Video

Molas and a slideshow

We always have music and video during the art show. This year I made a slide show of all the cows in Cow Parade La Jolla, followed by a slide show of all our iPad art projects. This would be a great time to show student-made movies.

In back (under the balloon arch): our iPad Love Stamps.

Up front: our paper Molas of Panama, from Dynamic Art Projects for Children.

Creative Clay Displays

Sixth grade clay fish.

Sixth grade clay fish.

How do you display 70 plate-sized ceramic fish? Try the stairs. We decorate the stairs with plastic table roll covering.

Self Portraits: 4th grade CD case double portraits, 1st grade clay self portraits.

Self Portraits: 4th grade CD case double portraits, 1st grade clay self portraits.

How to label all those clay self portraits? Cover the table with paper and write the students’ names in Sharpie. Better than all those labels! The clay looks great leaned up against colorfully wrapped cardboard boxes.

Doll house filled with clay pots.

Doll house filled with clay pots.

We use this doll house for clay display. It has nice, open walls and saves a lot of space.

Thanks to…

Our entire art program is made possible by the parents at our school. A big thank you to the art room and art show volunteers for all their hard work during the year and for three CRAZY days hanging the show. The gorgeous room layout and decorations are the vision of our amazing art show chair, Devan, a professional party planner. We are so lucky to have Devan on board.

100% of our art program is funded by our school PTO. Thank you.

One more thank you – to my husband.


My husband had flowers delivered to me at the art show. WOW!

My husband had flowers delivered to me at the art show. WOW!



p.s. More art show display ideas in the next post!


Cupcake Holder = Great Organizer for Small Ceramics

Look what I found at the school bake sale! This awesome small ceramic storage container is actually a disposable  cupcake box.

cupcake holder storage


The box is holding 24 painted ceramic penguins. Each figurine fits into a cupcake well. The wings and flippers fit into little grooves around the well. The pieces are really secured in there!

These disposable cupcake boxes make great storage!

These disposable cupcake boxes make great storage!

The ceramic-filled cupcake box is heavy. I added a piece of masonite underneath as a tray.

Disposable bakery cupcake holder is great for organizing and storage.

Disposable bakery cupcake holder is great for organizing and storage.

Now the pieces are safely stored until the art show.




Glazing Made Easier

I saw a great post on glazing over at The Art of Education. I tried some of their tips today on our second grader’s melted marble pinch pots. They worked so well I just had to share.

glazing made easier


In a nutshell:

  • Put one color of glaze on each table
  • Match the glaze color to your table color if possible
  • Put brushes directly into the glaze (genius!!!)
  • Keep a piece of paper under your pot at all times – even when switching tables. This keeps your hands cleaner.
  • Carry pot from table to table to change colors
  • Brushes stay at their tables

In addition to the brushes, I put skewers directly into the glaze bottles. The students used the skewers to dot eyes or spots onto their animal pots.  Skewers allow more control than my brushes. I have also used the skewers to scratch lines into the glaze.

use skewers to dot on eyes


The result?

  • Easy set up – no water! No little cups of glaze.
  • Easy clean up – wipe the glaze bottle rims and recap.
  • No color contamination (note – I was anxious and kept a sharp eye on the white glaze. It stayed clean through three classes!)
  • No waste!!!!

Thanks so much to The Art of Education for sharing all your tips!


Do you have a glazing tip to share?

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