Van Gogh – Larger Than Life

Have you ever seen something and thought “Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well, this is exactly what I thought when I got a catalog from Teacher’s Discoveryin the mail awhile back.  Although Teacher’s Discovery s a company for all types of educators, the catalog they sent featured their Traveling Exhibits.

The Traveling Exhibit Concept:

One artist’s work is enlarged on huge silk screens with a description of the artist and his/her work. These screens are basically traveling exhibits that go from school to school.  You can rent them for a week or more for display in your school.  When I saw this in the catalog, I knew at some point I would have to try it and see what it is all about.

Each year my school’s P.T.O. (Parent Teacher Organization) gives some money for fine arts enrichment.  Last year I brought in a guest artist.  This year, I wanted to try something different and a light clicked on in my brain- I remembered back to getting that catalog with the Teacher’s Discovery Traveling exhibits.  The money was then set aside for two exhibits, one in the fall and one in the spring.

For the fall, I chose Van Gogh. I wanted to choose a very recognizable artist and one that many of my students study throughout the course of their years in elementary art.  I emailed the company and the reservation was very quick and easy.  I have so say, this company is wonderful. Every aspect of the ordering, delivery and installation of these exhibits was user-friendly, simple and easy. The best part? Cost. I think the prices are very reasonable starting at $179 for a week’s rental.  My guest artist charged much much more than this to come!

Another great thing about the exhibits? The resources!

On their webpage for free you can download promotional materials, press releases, posters and resources to you feel well equipped to talk about and promote your exhibit when it comes.

Speaking of resources, stay tuned.  This week I plan to share more photos from the exhibit at my school, the activities I did in conjunction with my exhibit, tips for facilitating conversations with students about art, as well as a very special GIVEAWAY for all of you from Teacher’s Discovery! It’s an exciting week here on AOE!

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Kellie

    Glad to hear what this company and their products are like. I’m cooking up a plan to bring the one to my ‘home’ school in conjunction with the third grade. I was thinking that a cross curricular connection would be a real hit. We have plans for presenting it to the community at Celebration of Learning in the spring. This would be a combination spring conference, art show, and musical concert.

    I’m glad they are so impressive!
    Three cheers!

    • Kellie- Great idea for a spring exhibit! I like the idea of combining these exhibits with another big event. I did mine during Parent Teacher Conferences and our book fair, which gave it a lot of exposure. Good Luck!

      • Svnasiegs2

        This is the 4th year I ‘ve brought in Teacher Discovery exhibits plus supplement other prints on large stand able bulletin boards used for music concert backdrops. I change my room into an art gallery for the week. This week it is M.C. Escher! The kids love it and I have an open house on Thursday evening for parents to see and complete a paper “scavenger hunt.”. I’ve done VanGogh, Monet, and Egyptian, too.