The art wall

The art wall

I have a lot of windows all around my classroom which I love but it also means I have very, very little wall space for hanging up kid’s art. As one solution to display kid’s art in my classroom, I asked my husband if he would build me an art frame…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

To build the frame, my husband cut and hammered together a long strip of white wood trim we purchased from Home Depot into a big square and I painted it red. I know, that is a bright color but my walls are intentionally a very soft color so that I can add things like a bright red frame on them without it being overwhelming to the eyes…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

After the paint dried, I added four lengths of string across the back of the frame for clipping clothespins on…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

And then my husband hung the frame using industrial strength velcro to the wall. Let me warn you that Industrial Strength velcro is strong and will pull your drywall right out of the wall if you mess up and decide to pull it off so be sure you know what you want to do before you ever think about using it…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

The size and shape of the frame was designed to fit into one of the only large open wall spaces I had available in the classroom…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

The frame is up high but because we used velcro to attach the frame to the wall, I can pry the frame loose from the wall to add artwork and eventually to invite my students to begin adding their own artwork and then put it back up. Remember, the industrial strength velcro that we used is very strong but should I feel the frame might be getting unstable at any level, I will just hammer the frame permanently in place.  Although the frame is up higher than I would like, it still really helps and as needed, the teachers can use a step stool to reach the clothespins…

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

I love the simple way the art frame can be used to display art throughout the school year. It may not be a perfect solution but the kids seem happy and I am happy with it too!

The Art Frame by Teach Preschool

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5 Comments

  • Scott Posted September 4, 2014 5:53 pm

    Deborah, this is a great idea. I’ve seen clothespins on the wall or a bulletin board but not in a frame. I really like it.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 5, 2014 1:06 am

    Thank you Scott. I have seen other versions of frames being used for displaying art only I needed to design what would work the best in my situation. I love it!

  • Christine Posted September 7, 2014 10:13 pm

    I love this, I just started a preschool and I’ve been debating between the string and clips and buying a bulletin board but this a perfect combination! I always love your site for inspiration. 🙂

  • Kim Posted October 10, 2014 11:57 am

    Hi, I am looking for a new sturdy easel for my classroom. I really like the look of the one you have. Can you tell me where you purchased it at?

    Thank you!

    Kim Kranz

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 10, 2014 9:40 pm

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