An Interactive Art Show…using QR Codes

This past February, the elementary Art teacher, Jenna Pallio, and I got together to plan an exhibit of 5th grade sculptures of people they admire. I suggested that we have students use Audacity to make audio recordings of their reasons for selecting their muse and turn them into QR codes that could be shared with parents and guests during the exhibit. Before the exhibit, information was sent to parents about downloading a QR reader app to their smart device. Most came prepared, but just in case, we put a desktop QR reader from QuickMark on our mini-Dells for students and those without a smart device.

Laura’s Harry Potter

I read Silvia Tolisano’s Langwitches blog post about QR codes and was inspired to try and integrate them into things we are doing at the American School of Milan. I’ve turned Kindergarten classes singing songs and children reading stories into QR codes. So easy and fun!

Francesco’s sculpture of his friend, Francesco

I’ve created my own document about how I made this process work for us. The background isn’t coming up perfectly right now, but I’ll work on that TOMORROW! Here is a link to the document just in case.

All of the site logos are used as links to those sites, so I hope that you’ll find it useful in learning to create QR codes to use in your classroom. And, of course, if you scan the QR code on the document, I made a ROUGH screencast of how I went about this process!

I’m thinking about creating a QR code scavenger hunt around the school, helping teachers make QR codes to provide information about classroom areas or materials, and in other ways that you share with me!! Have you used QR codes with elementary students? What have you done? Please share your stories!

6 thoughts on “An Interactive Art Show…using QR Codes

  1. Stacie Melhorn

    Hi Carrie,
    I love this! I have a basic understanding of how QR codes work, but it is a reminder to me to learn more and to find ways to incorporate their use in a meaningful way. I love your instruction sheet, especially because it is quite kid-friendly. (It would be for my 5th graders.) Your document would be perfect to included in a post or on a page on a blog….a page that I am thinking of creating for my class blog next year as a go-to “How to” page….

  2. Sarah Fleming

    I also love this idea! I have used QR codes in my classroom library to have kids share book recommendations and digital trailers, but I love the idea of integrating it across the subject areas. It is such a creative twist on a traditional “art show” and I could see it working across so many other subject areas. I have struggled to have success with QR codes because the kids don’t have their own iPhone to check them, and the readers on the laptops have provided us with some challenges. What a cool way to involve parents, and to bring the show to life. I may “borrow” this idea sometime!

  3. Marcello Mongardi

    Hi Carrie,
    This is pretty much exactly what we are looking to do. I think it can add another incredibly important dimension to a piece of work, when the audience can see and listen to a student’s reflection on the creative process, or if the audience can find out more about the context of the piece of work. Thanks for tweeting and showing me this.

  4. Laura Klecker

    Hi Carrie,

    Thanks so much for sharing about your process with QR codes. I am an art teacher that recently had my students bring their artwork to life via various apps such as Green Screen, Morpho, and 8MM. I then used Aurasma to connect a picture of the artwork and the student’s video. Guests at the art show used their device (or an iPad provided by the school) to bring the artwork to life. I’ll be blogging about it soon at link to !

    I would love to check out your steps about how you created/ used the QR codes, but I can’t seem to get either your embedded document or link to work. Looking forward to learning more about it!

    1. Carrie Zimmer Post author

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for checking out this post. I’m searching for the document I embedded because the links appear to be broken. I hope I can find it and that I didn’t go crazy organizing my Google Drive and deleted it! Argh! Thinking positively, “when” I find it, I will relink and re-embed it.

  5. Will

    Great post. Often creating creating and printing many unique codes can be the most time consuming part of creating interactive art. I’m working with a couple art teachers now to test out our Tags which are unique and writable (notes and pictures) stickers that can be scanned with any barcode reader. We’re offering free rolls of tags for any educational application. Let me know if you’re interested or you can get free samples at


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