The National Gallery of Art offers teachers extensive ideas for bulletin boards. Some are online at http://www.nga.gov/kids/. A bulletin board for the National Gallery would include squares featuring each of the genres of art: photography, painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, decorative arts. This board will include representations of the single painting by Leonardo da Vince and the largest mobile by Alexander Calder.
Each of its genres can become a separate bulletin board because the National Gallery has many works of art. As the Gallery features a particular set of artists, so the bulletin can copy that choice. Use inside and outside photos and postcards of the Gallery with captions that draw students to the board.
Teachers can use the website to show the different types of art that kids can easily make. “Seesaws” are photos arranged, in a certain way, to make an abstract work. Teachers can easily make a bulletin with that idea. They can experiment and make their own art and display it on a bulletin board as an example of what professional artists do. Let children do these projects in their free time to fill the bulletin board. Have a contest in which they choose a favorite composition.
“Faces and places” is another way to show how artists make art pieces. A teacher can cut and paste the faces of famous people and paste them on to another scene that has to do with that personality. With this idea, the options are infinite. Caption these as abstracts that artists make.
The shape of the National Gallery itself is an inspiration for any art teacher. Teachers can use H-shape of the West and East Buildings to create the bulletin board. In the West Building, works by the European artists appear. In the East Building, modern and contemporary art take center stage. Inside the buildings, also, geometric shapes create the architecture. Pin photos or drawings of the Sculpture garden to a bulletin board. This has a circular element. It is a reflecting pool and fountain.
Visiting the gallery can inspire any teacher in how to direct the learning of children. Examples, of each art form, make a bulletin board that tells the tale about the Gallery. Timelines help children understand how things changed over the years. The timeline can indicate when the Gallery received certain works. The Sculpture garden is a new addition as of 1999.
Art is the subject of the Gallery so any bulletin board featuring any art shown there can depict the Gallery and create interest in it. Give it a try.