How to make colorful banners for your art room or studio.

Colorful Art Banners for your Art Room

How to make colorful banners for your art room or studio.

I’ll admit it. My art room is looking pretty darn ugly. The walls are bare, stacks of paper are shoved against the walls and half-empty paint bottles are jammed onto open shelving.

It’s a sad state of affairs.

I know what you are thinking. You probably thought that I had the most beautiful art room in the world but I’m afraid I don’t put much effort into the aesthetics of this creative oasis.

Time to change that…

I enlisted the help of my students to help paint a colorful banner that would stretch from one side of the room to the other. I’ve always loved the look of these preppy pennants and figured they would be a cinch to make.

They were and were also an excellent way to use leftover paint and engage children during free-choice time.

How to make colorful banners for your art room or studio.

How to Make Colorful Banners

Using large sheets of white paper (18″ x 24″), I asked kids to paint an entire sheet with one or two colors. I place a few tubs of old paint of a table in the back of the room and left it at that. No instructions, just paint away.

After the paper dried, I created a stack of completed papers (which contributed to the mess) and when I had enough, we created pennants.

To make the pennants, fold the paper in half width-wise and trace a triangle near the edge. I created one triangle and used this as the template for all others. Trace and cut two more triangles. You will have one triangle that has an open end which you will need to tape shut. I used colorful masking tape and made it part of the design.

Using a tray of scrap paper, children glued on organic shapes, shapes, created stripes with tape and a number of other random things. No rules or requests…just color.

Decorating your art room. How to make colorful banners for your art room or studio.

With the addition of this one banner, I already feel more artsy!

Posters or No Posters…

I always have a color wheel and my voice chart that I bought from the fabulous Theresa Gillespie on Teachers Pay Teachers but the rest I try to switch up.

The above photo shows one corner of my art room where I add posters. The other walls of the room are lined with cabinetry or reserved for artwork.  My goal when I created this corner was to change the poster anytime we focused on a different color scheme. Right now, its primary color-focused, but soon it will be secondary and then tints and shades.

I made some color charts for the underside of my whiteboard so my kids would have something to look at while sitting on the floor. These don’t serve a huge purpose but they are helpful when pointing out color variations when a student asks.

Bit by bit I hope to make better use of my art room. Sometimes it takes a pair of fresh eyes to see what needs changing.

Have you ever switched things up in the middle of the year?

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  • Gidget Girls Reading

    Fun, when I worked at a non profit and we had no money for supplies and I had spent all my money on supplies and toys. We would have the kids do this for days and it became our construction paper.

    fast forward to finally having money and the kids still asked to make their own construction paper. 🙂

  • Ms. L

    I love these pennants and am looking forward to getting started on Monday with my class. For several years DSS has been my go-to site for art projects. You gave me the courage to bring back the paint trays! Thank you Patti for sharing so consistently and generously over the years. Wishing you a wonderful 2015.

    • Patty Palmer

      Thank you so much! Love that you are using paint again! So funny. All the best to you in 2015!

  • Geeholling

    Creating colorful art banners are really fanatic work for kids. When all kids attend the camping and art their drawing its really cool moment to see.

  • Jetessaywriter

    Thank you for your hard work once again. Outstanding!

  • aynrandessay

    It’s a great article. Thank you for sharing!

  • bestwritingtermpapers.net

    Yeah! Great colorful banners ) I love it ) Thanks

  • Kayla Miller

    I think I like your ideas. It`s great to switch things up at any time you want. I like something new. Another thing, I like, creating. I`m too creative person. It`s important part of my life. That`s why I`m looking for the job which is related to the process of creating. In the past life, I was a teacher that`s why your article is interesting to read for me.

  • sonu

    Thanks a lot for give me hint about the creativity

  • Speedypaper

    Thanks for this post! It’s inspire me to create smth incredible!

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  • anna

    i like it

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  • Homework helper

    Wow. Its amazing! Thanks for this great article !

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