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Art Classroom Decor: Sharpie Doodle Chairs

Two modern white chairs that have been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

Every two years my school hosts a large gala as a school fundraiser. The silent auction is a huge part of that and every gala the art department is asked to create a class project to donate to the auction. I had tried a number of projects in the past from centerpieces to wall hangings, and was never satisfied with a project, until the doodle chairs.

While brainstorming with a coworker and the art gala liaison, someone suggested a piece of furniture as an art item. We did research and found some examples of doodle chairs. I was immediately hooked, this was going to be fun and create a very successful final product.

The parent organization that plans the gala provided the chairs and we set to decorating them. These same chairs can be found at Home Depot. I did a a lot of experimenting before getting to work. I was hoping to find a way to draw the doodles with sharpie, then spray the chair to help protect the drawing. I tried at least 6 different spray coat products and every single one peeled off of the plastic finish. In the end I decided to keep the doodle mostly on the back of the chair, where sitting would not rub the doodles.

Two modern white chairs that have been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

I left the legs off while we doodled to make it easier to access the bottom. I set the two chairs on a table in the back of my classroom and whenever students finished an assignment early or needed a break, they would doodle. I started the design on one chair so my students would have an example to get started, but then I mostly let them run with it.

Two modern white chairs that have been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

My students covered the back and bottom of the chairs and I decided to wrap part of the design onto the front. I kept it minimal in hopes that it wouldn’t rub off after a lot of use.

Two modern white chairs that have been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

The final product was beautiful. I loved the contrast in the design and the modern look. I was sad to pass these onto the auction, but glad my class was able to help.

A modern white chair that has been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

If you are looking for an art fundraiser, this could be a great way to go. You could ask for donations from parents to purchase the chairs or you could find wooden chairs at Goodwill or similar to paint white with acrylic paint or chalk paint, then add the sharpie design on top.

A modern white chair that has been decorated with Sharpie doodles.

I hope these chairs are being loved and enjoyed in a happy home! I am very tempted to purchase another pair to create a doodle chair set in my classroom.

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Art Education Tools: Elements of Art Printable Poster Set

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As an art educator the elements of art and principles of design are something that is naturally incorporated into almost every lesson. They are the basics of strong, interesting, and successful works of art. From the moment kindergarteners step into their first art class until an art major in college leaves their final studio course, the elements and principles should be an underlying theme. As I sat around enjoying my time over the summer, my mind continuously drifted to thoughts of the upcoming year. I had a goal, to add some decor to my classroom, to help make it my own space and brighten it. After some brainstorming, I decided what better way than to make my own poster set. I got to work and created a poster to represent all elements of art and principles of design. Not only was it a great addition to my classroom, but it was also a nice addition to my Teachers Pay Teachers store (which I am now addicted to).

Elements-of-Art-Poster-2 copy

Although this was the very last poster I made, it is the poster I like to start off with. It showcases all the elements of art, including line, shape, value, form, texture, space, and color. I waited to the very end to make this poster because, first I wanted to determine which fonts would represent each element. Using Adobe Illustrator I added a rectangular, filled box in the middle, then laid out my text around it.  There was a lot of adjusting and re-configuring as I tried to fit the lettering in just right.


The color poster was my first creation, and I am very happy with the way it turned out. I love the current triangle trend, and decided it was a great shape to use in my posters. Using the line tool in Illustrator I constructed my arrowhead, triangle shape, repeated, resized, and recolored to to represent the various color groups. Primary, secondary, tertiary, analagous, and complimentary color examples are included.


PrintI was excited to work on the form poster, because it was a challenge to create the illusion of a three dimensional form on a two dimensional space. Once again I used the line tool to construct my block shapes, then filled them with color. I had fun using the circle and oval tool to create the clouds in the background.  Examples of organic and geometric form are shown in this poster.




Because I am so into triangle and arrow shapes, I was very inspired by the idea of line. I  used different variations of these shapes to represent horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and curved lines. I used straight lines behind the title to shape hatched and cross hatched lines, which added an interesting texture. I love the way the colors look on this poster. It is a nice contrast to the first two I completed.



Shape-Poster-PreviewAt first I was stumped by what to do for the shape poster. I decided to continue the triangle theme, to show geometric shape, but I was unsure what I could do for organic shape. After playing around with a few ideas I decided to use the brush tool in Illustrator and create a spiral shape. The geometric shapes fit nicely between the sections of spiral, which in turn made a very cohesive design.




Space was another difficult concept to put on paper. I knew I needed to show perspective, in order to create a sense of space, so I began adding diagonal lines and playing with shades of colors. After I create the hallway looking area I decided to add more triangles to show foreground, middle, and background. I was able to create a send of space by making the shapes smaller as they moved back. In the foreground I also include an example of positive and negative space.



Texture-Poster-PreviewI had a lot of fun making the texture worksheet. I loved playing around with the various shapes in illustrator, creating my own Mario-esque world. I used dagger shapes to represent sharp, circles for smooth, and overlapping circles for rough. The bright colors are fun and youthful. The pop of yellow works nicely with the other posters.




Finally, I was on my last element of art. It was time to visually represent value. Since I used triangles in so many of the other posters, I decided to do something different. I created block shapes using thick lines, and varied the color from light to dark with each block. Value scale, highlight, tint, shadow, and shade are represented in this poster.



I hope other teachers find this resource useful in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop (check it out here!). I have already printed out a set to hang in my classroom, and I love how they look.



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Visual Journal Page 50: Spin Art


This visual journal page is a nice reflection of creativity and procrastination, which are qualities of many of my high school art students.

This visual journal page began its start during a particularly difficult AP art day. One of my talented and wonderful students, Annastasia, was beginning to start down the slippery slope of not being able to focus anymore. I couldn’t blame her, we were on block schedule, which meant hour and a half classes, and she had me for two classes in a row, which meant 3 hours straight of art.

This may seem like a dream for many, and the norm for college level art courses, but some days and some moods don’t lend themselves to such a long dedication of focus and continuous flow of creative ideas.

Annastastia is one of the students who wows you. She is the type to create beautiful artwork not only well executed but with incredibly deep meaning and thoughtfulness. However, she is also the type to not realize her ability and doesn’t believe she is as good as I know she is.

This day started to become one of those days where she was tripping over her own feet, getting in her own way, unable to see past small imperfections in her art. The small things began to get to her until she laid down her work and walked away, requiring a much needed, and deserved, break.

As is typical with teenagers her break ran over and head straight for procrastination and goofing off with her fellow AP Arters who also had two art classes in a row. They began to gather around the pottery wheel, not doing what they were supposed to be doing, discussing this and that, not getting any work done.

Right as I was about to “redirect” their attention to their artwork something began to happen. Suddenly sheets of paper came out, paint and paintbrushes appeared, and pottery wheel spin art was invented. They played, made a mess, and continued to not work on their portfolio, but they were having fun and they were begin creative.

After allowing the spin art to possibly go on for to long, I got everyone back to work, and things began to settle down. As Annastasia refocused there was a change. She was starting back fresh after a much needed break and a release of frustration through splattered paint and pottery wheels. She suddenly was able to look at the big picture, brush away some of her self critique, and create beautiful things once again.

As I flipped through the many pages of spin art I discovered this little gem by Annastasia. It looked so loose, so carefree, and yet so perfect. It represented her return to her nice creative flow. It taught me a lesson that day, not all procrastination is bad procrastination. Sometimes it is simply a much needed break, making us more successful in the end.


  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Book page from my book
  • Annastasia’s spin art


To create this visual journal page I simply glued Annastasia’s spin art to the left page and layered a page from my book on top to make it look like it was actually settled in the page.

To create this effect I ripped a page from my visual journal in order to make sure it was the exact same size as the original page and ensure the color blended with the right side page. I then ripped the middle of the page out, leaving only the boarder. I glued the spin art down with rubber cement, allowed it to dry to make sure it was well stuck, then glued the book page boarder on top, making sure the edge of the cut out page lined up with the original page.

I considered adding words to the page, but in the end I decided I liked it nice, clean, and simple.


Today is the day for procrastination. Take a break from what you should be doing and procrastinate. Put it all off, do something fun instead, find a new way to express your creativity. Splatter paint, make spin art, have fun. Incorporate your finished product in your visual journal.

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