Bring Famous Art to Your Students with a Traveling Exhibit!

Nothing comes close to viewing the original work of the old masters. Knowing the historical and artistic context it was created in and then seeing the ‘real thing’ right in front of you is like no other experience. For so many of our students, however, this opportunity never becomes a reality. Seeing artwork of this caliber is not something that is easily accessible or even possible, especially if you teach in an area where art museums are few and far between.

How can we provide experiences like this if visiting a museum is out of the question? I’d say, Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibits are that next best thing.

traveling art exhibit
Printed on massive and durable satin banners, these portable exhibits bring the realistic detail, depth and texture of works by Monet, Klimt, Kahlo and many more right to your school’s hallways. Hang them simply from your drop ceiling panels (there are alternative installations if your building doesn’t have drop ceilings) and just watch and listen to the wonderment of both students and staff alike.
traveling art exhibit
Recently, I was lucky enough to host the Monet exhibit, which was delivered to my middle school for a week-long display. After helping my custodians hang the three enormous banners (which took no longer than 15 minutes) I instantly had a staff member stop and stare, telling me how Monet was her absolute favorite.
traveling art exhibit
The reactions didn’t end with hallway passersby. Since my 7th-grade students were working with oil pastel landscape themes in class, we were able to take a mini-trip down to the banners and see the work of Monet’s Impressionist style in full detail, right in our own school. It was gratifying to see their reactions when they experienced “as-close-to-the-real-thing” as we could get.

If you are debating renting an exhibit from Teacher’s Discovery, here are a few pointers to familiarize yourself with the process:

– Most of the 25+ artist/art style exhibits are comprised of 3 full-color panels on satin fabric: 7 x 17 feet, 8 x 4 feet and 4 x 4 feet
– Exhibits are rented for a week at a time, with the pieces being shipped the week before, leaving you ample time to display
– All the hardware is included to hang the panels easily from any drop ceiling
– Included with your rental are printable signs, exhibit information, and an easy-to-use press kit
– Shipping both ways is included in your rental cost
Consider renting a Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit if a museum tour is out of the question (or if you just need a change of scenery!).  You could even couple it with your yearly art show. Not only will your students get an up-close view of a masterpiece but you’ll get to witness the awe-inspiring effect artwork like this can have on our students.

How do you expose your students to large-scale artwork?

Do you have an accessible art museum in your community?


Tracy Hare

Learning Team

Tracy is a middle school art teacher from central MN who strives to create rich, meaningful content and resources through her Art Ed PRO Director role at AOE.


  • vicky Siegel

    Love these exhibits! I’ve rented them the past 6 years. I turn my art room into an art gallery by also adding 6 backdrop-like bulletin boards with more art prints and information that I have gathered over the years. Our parent organization pays the rental fee. I have the exhibit during March to coordinatie with Youth Art Month. All students see the exhibit during their art time. I also check out the iPad cart and include QR codes and also have paper “scavenger hunts.” We also include one of our school family PBIS nights during the week, so families can also view it while also attending other stations in the school. I have a different scavenger hunts for the night and families bring their own technology for pictures and the QR codes. Parents are also welcome to join art classes, too. It is a lot of work. But I now rotate 4 exhibits. The weeks following the exhibit, all classes create a project inspired by the artist/culture featured. Students now know how to use good character in an art gallery. Also, it is a nice change of pace for me and my students in the art room. Each year students are excited to find out if we are having the gallery again!