Classroom Community with ART!

Want a great EASY art project that builds classroom community?!

Look no further!!

With literally 3 steps, this easy canvas print is a fantastic inspirational addition for years to come.  Here's how it works:

1.  We brainstormed to come up with one word to be the motto for our class.  We each came up with some and then we voted.  Our one little word was "determined" so it went front and center on our canvas.

2.  Next we taped up all around in no pattern.  I used masking tape cut in half and had students place strips on after they were finished with their reading groups that day.  

3.  Each student picked their favorite color and got a chance to fill in a shape.  I did direct some where to go since we wanted a rainbow-esque design and obviously everyone's favorites could come into play.  

4.  We took off the tape to reveal our masterpiece.  All the students got such a kick out of it because they could find their favorite color and worked as a class to create.  **  I did fill in the extra spaces with what I thought would fit ** this was only a 11x14 canvas and didn't have many extra spaces left.  

Here you can spot our determined canvas on our wall above our hooks.  The rest are paintings I had at my house and don't have room to hang up - can you tell my color scheme??

We love having it to refer to year after year - the students signed the back!  I love seeing it as a reminder to be determined and of the great class.

This would make an excellent beginning or end of year project for students to complete and it really adds to the classroom community!


  1. This sounds like the best idea but the final picture will not show up. I would love to see the final project. Would you mind sending me a picture of it? Thank you!


  2. I'm struggling to see any of your photos using my iPad. Not sure what's going on. I would love to pin a picture so I remember to do this when school starts.

    1. They should work now! Thanks for pinning!

  3. I'm going to be a first year teacher in 4th this year, so I love this idea for starting the school year off with a sense of community!! Thanks for the idea! Like the other two comments said, your photos aren't showing up on this page, except for the IG one. Would love to see the rest!

    1. The photos should work now - I tried linking from Google drive but guess Blogger didn't like that. Good luck your first year!


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