Walls Can Teach – Inspiring Art Rooms

By The Arty Teacher - August 24, 2018

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.

The super-talented art teacher Kayla Koslow created the environment below for her lucky art students. I just love the range of equipment that she has painted.  Find her on Instagram here: mskoslowsartroom  If you want to know where you can get the inflatable markers, you can get them from Amazon.com


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 Arty Teacher website has lots of tried and tested Art Literacy resources.  Click the images below to find out more.

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Free Mark Making Resources

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!

Many of us teach pointillism projects.  Check out the great Pointillism resources on The Arty Teacher by clicking the image below.

Pointillism Project
Teach optical mixing!

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!

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The Arty Teacher

Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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4 responses to “Walls Can Teach – Inspiring Art Rooms”

  1. Re says:

    The children’s hand tree mural—- if painted outside on a metal tanker outside our school- what is best paint to let the kids use? Did you create a tree? Beautiful and creative ideas here

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi there, Thanks for your comment. The first priority I would think of is what paint is safe to put on children’s hands. Once you’ve worked that out I would suggest using an exterior varnish over the top. Perhaps something like a clear yacht varnish.

  2. Tina M Sohn says:

    Love the creativity

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