Creating an Art Alphabet

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to integrate vocabulary and jazz up your art room?  Try creating an art alphabet!  Not only does an alphabet help students make connections throughout the year, they also love seeing your artwork, something YOU created!  You could easily design each page digitally, print off blank pages to design freehand or let your students design their own classroom set.  I mounted each page on a colored 9 x 12 piece of construction paper and had each letter laminated.

This set was created during my very first year of teaching (You remember, when you are trying to make every dollar count.)  Oh, wait a minute, I still feel that way!

Feel free to download, design and print your own copies of the Blank Art Alphabet in PDF version or Word.

Be sure to check out Amanda’s article on Creating a Welcoming Art room for more ideas.  There are also many photos of AMAZING art rooms on AOE’s Ning Community.

What are other ways you’ve incorporated a “Word Wall” to enhance vocabulary?

Any other literacy connections you’ve used in the art room?

psstt. Stay tuned for tomorrow- We’ve got more Literacy and Alphabet fun here on AOE!

Heather Crockett

Heather is AOE’s Project Manager and an expert in differentiation, curriculum development, and assessment. She is a veteran teacher in the art room and at the graduate level.


  • What a great idea for an elementary art classroom!  Adding visuals to help students with vocabulary is a fantastic idea.  I could see this as being a great resource to those teachers who have a lot of wall space.  If wall space was an issue, you could create a mini version to post.

    •  Thanks Cassidy!  You are right, I had a TON of wall space to fill and not much of a budget for visuals.  I have also used the Art Alphabet as a word wall and added more vocab above or below each letter.

  • My favorite part is how you can add more words below as you cover them in a unit. I also think this would be a great first day of art activity to get kids in “art mode” without jumping into a project. 

  • C Kruger

    An art alphabet is just what I am looking for to complete the assignment that our professional learning community received at our last staff meeting.  We are to identify what vocabulary we teach in our subject(s) and write how we present it to our students.  Feeling overwhelmed, I decided to set this aside til after the holidays.  Today I found the best way to show my administrator all the art words my young students learn each week in my elem. art classes!  Thanks for sharing such a practical, visual and exciting way to showcase this part of our curriculum!