5 Steps to Making your Art Club a Success!

Having an art club is a great way to keep students involved throughout the year. With limited time in the classroom, art club can serve as a nice supplement for those students who can’t get enough art. An art club also allows you the opportunity and freedom to try new things with students.

Recently, one of my colleagues mentioned she wanted to start up her own art club. She asked me what it takes to make my art club a success.  If you are passionate about starting an art club, this helpful guide will make sure you start it off on the right foot.

5 Steps to Making Your Art Club a Success

1. Decide on a time.

Choosing the right time will be crucial to keep attendance high. In my case, my middle schoolers were already involved several morning activities. So, it was important that I chose a time when students were available.

To help choose the right time, I used Google Forms to survey those interested in art club. This allowed me to see a summary of results in a bar graph. Our best time to meet turned out to be Monday and Friday mornings, so we will alternate to include as many students as possible.

2. Fundraise for supplies.

We have various fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money for our art club’s art supplies and annual field trip. Fundraising allows students to get out into the community and talk with others about art club. It helps raise money and build advocacy for your art program. It’s a win-win!

3. Make t-shirts to show your art club pride.

Similar to a team jersey, team shirts are a great way to show you are united proud of your club. And what better way to show art club pride than by making your own t-shirts? This is a great opportunity to teach your students about screen printing.

Students will love seeing their artwork on dozens of shirts and wearing them on the days they have art club! You can also wear the shirts on any field trips your club participates in.

4. Display the students’ work.

There are many ways to display your students’ art club work. One idea is to partner with local businesses. It helps spread the word about your program to community members. It also gets your art club excited to know that their work is on display for all of the public to see! These partnerships create a win-win for both parties involved.

5. Go on an art club field trip.

Taking your art students on a field trip is an experience they will never forget. You will be able to have powerful conversations with them about what they see throughout their time with you.

Having an art club is very rewarding. The energy these students bring is amazing, even at 7:30 am!

Art club gives me the freedom to try complex projects that I might not attempt with 100+ students. I hope this helps you organize an art club at your school if you do not already have one.

Do you have an art club at your school or have you thought about starting one?

What is your favorite part about having an art club?

Chelsie Meyer

This article was written by former AOE writer and technology guru Chelsie Meyer.

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  • Litchfieldartroom

    I would love to do an art club! The main reason many of us don’t is time and supplies. I and many of my colleagues are working on the balance between an overloaded school schedule and family. I used to have a spot in the school day for art enrichment which was fun. I do one team after school with a partner and it is a big commitment no oonly on my part but for my entire family. I am thankful they support it and help me with the babysitting when I am working late. I can’t lie I miss my daughter a lot but think the environmental awareness club is really important to the kids. I also started it before I had her so it wasn’t as big of a deal back then.

    • Hello Litchfieldartroom, It sounds like you have your proirities straight with family first! We as  art teachers give so much to our students that it is important to make sure you keep your family first! I start my art club 15 minutes before my morning prep and students work with me during this time.  I feel as this helps to keep it all balanced!

    • Tcarey

       I have to pick up my children after my days of art club, so my art club’s policy is  if they are picked up late from art club two times, they are out of art club. I’ve got to pick up my own children. It works wonders! I’ve had club members picked up late only once! I’ve never had to kick anyone out!

      • That is such a great solution. It sounds harsh at first, but everyone’s time is valuable and if you put it out there, people will respect your time. Way to go.

  • Jescia Hoffman

    I just organized an art club at my middle school, and the turnout has been phenomenal! I have no designated budget, so I asked for a very low ($5) activity fee, and for the fist few projects, I am having students bring in supplies from home to share. We are currently making duct tape art and other (free) projects to sell right before Christmas break as a fundraiser. We meet once weekly for 2 hours after school, and I get an average of 25-30 students each time! I love these kids – they are so enthusiastic and truly engaged, so it is really a treat to see them more frequently!

    • Jessica, That is wonderful to hear that your middle school art club is off to a great start! It is very rewarding when students are so excited about it. Any tips on how to get it off and running successfully?

      • Jescia Hoffman

        There are a few factors that I think contributed to our current success. Our school is extremely sports-oriented, and there are very, very few opportunities for students who are not athletes. Art Club has really helped students find a niche in the school.  When organizing, I was very pleased to have the full support of the administration and other teachers. I involved interested students right away; Art Club has been very democratic – I started with a few basic ideas that I wanted to do, and they contributed many more ideas.  I just made a Facebook account to post pictures of projects and get word out for activities and fundraisers beyond the school hallways.

        • Jessica,Thanks so much for sharing the tips that helped make your art club successful! These are great pointers that I know will help others who are looking to start up their own art club! I think your democratic point is oh so true! Students love coming up with new ideas or projects to try and their enthusiasm is so catching!

          • Another idea, along these lines, might be to set the kids up with their own “Art Club” group Pinterest board to pin art ideas they all like, and can then vote on the ideas they like.

          • What a great idea, Jessica! I will have to start one up for my art club! Thanks

  • Dbullock28

    My search on Pinterest didn’t result in much.  Do you have any specific projects that would be good for an art club as opposed to their regular art class?

  • Lmiska

    My art club has grown so much in size over the past years that this year I decided to break it into 4 different groups and offer specific topic/materials per group.  I allowed the kids to sign up for 1 of the 4 classes.  As much as I am excited about having so many kids, it made it difficult to supervise and I was not enjoying hosting it anymore.  This new way allows art club to meet in smaller groups which is more enjoyable and manageable.  Only negative the meetings are divided by 4, so they meet less.  I feel bad about that, but I am just not sure what else to do, there is only 1 of me.  So far I am liking this new system and it seems to be a success. 

  • Shruti Mistry

    I was actually planning to make an art club at my school. Our mascot is a cougar so I decided to call it the Colourful Cougars! We’re going to make origami, bracelets, holiday themed art or if you just want to come in and draw, you can do that too. I am planning to sell some of these things before Christmas break and the money will go to MeToWe, which is a foundation that raises money for rural homes in China. If anyone has anyideas of how I could expand this club please reply!

  • Ozichi Fah

    I am thinking of started an art and crafts club at my school too. I am unsure about the activities we will do once I get the club organized. What are some good and fun crafts that 11 and 12 year old students will want to do?I really want something creative that will keep the club running.

  • Sam

    Jessica, do you have a ball park figure of what it would cost to start an after-school art club?

  • Juvia Loxar

    I will be entering the 10th grade soon and when I asked the principal she vaguely hinted me that it would be possible to start a club. So now I wanted to plan establishing one over my summer holidays but I’m just not sure how to advertise the club or how to make people interested and joining in the first place… Would you be so kind as to help me or give me some tipps on the matter? (Also I’m sorry for any grammar mistakes I might be making – I’m actually from germany :/)

    LG :)

  • Ramsey Nicklaus

    How do I start my art club.please help me

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  • Vivin

    Hi, I am Vivin doing MBA. I am interested but my institution do not have an arts club. So I am planning to start an Arts club in the campus. Can you please help me to start the new club.

  • Lubbock

    Hi, you can call me Lubbock. I just have an art club in my school. In there we want to learn about art and learn together, can you please tell me what material should we learn in this club? thanks