Big Draw (Virtual)

Big Draw

Program Description

Did you know that every postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service must meet very specific rules and regulations regarding the design? And did you know that any person can submit a design for production approval?

In Big Draw, a virtual program designed for 3rd through 5th grade students, your young learners will explore these questions and more as they are introduced to the civics behind stamp design approval and the graphic design skills stamp artists employ when creating a new stamp. After an introduction on the process of stamp design submission and approval, students will explore the basics of graphic design that every stamp artist must address in their work. Then, students will have a chance to combine all their acquired knowledge to sketch their very own stamp design that can be submitted for production.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program right for my students?

  • Grade Level
    This virtual program is designed for students in 3rd through 5th grade. We can accommodate a maximum of two grade levels for a registered program, e.g., grades 1 and 2. We cannot accommodate a request for more than two grade levels, e.g., 4th-8th or kindergarten-4th. If your group is mixed grade levels more than two grades apart, please reach out to NPMEducation@si.edu, to discuss a custom program.
  • Homeschool Groups
    We are pleased to be able to offer our student programs to home-school groups as well as to traditional schools. Home-school groups must fit the same criteria as traditional school groups. Please consult the guidelines on this page to determine whether your homeschool group meets the requirements.
  • Number of Students
    The minimum number of students we can accommodate for this program is 10. The maximum number of students we can accommodate virtually for this program is 30. If you would like to host more than the maximum number, please schedule multiple times and/or dates for your visit.
  • Dates and Times
    This in person program is available between 9:30am-12:00pm ET, Tuesdays through Fridays. Special requests for dates and times outside of our regularly scheduled programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Program Duration
    This program is 45 minutes long.
  • Technology Needs
    In order to adhere to Smithsonian Institution policies regarding the protection of minors, the National Postal Museum requires that the virtual program meeting link be generated by the teacher. Please ensure you can create a virtual meeting for your class prior to submitting your registration request. A screen or blank wall that can be used to project images throughout is also required for this program. Once the program is confirmed, an educator from the National Postal Museum will coordinate with you on additional technology logistics.
  • Chaperones
    Adult chaperones are required for all student programs. A minimum of one chaperone must remain online for the duration of the program. Failure to provide a chaperone for the entire session may result in the cancellation of a program.
  • If You are Late
    The National Postal Museum has the right to cancel or alter the scheduled program if your group is more than 10 minutes late. All programs will end at the designated time.
  • Cancellations
    If you need to cancel or reschedule a student program, please email the Student and Teacher Programs Manager at NPMEducation@si.edu at least one week prior to the scheduled program. Please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate rescheduling requests because student programs fill up quickly.

Request a Reservation!

Guided student programs at the National Postal Museum will be on hold from June to August 2024. Reservations will reopen in August 2024, and programs for the 2024-2025 academic year will begin in September 2024. For inquiries, contact NPMEducation@si.edu.

You can request a reservation by submitting the registration form, linked below. Please be advised that submitting a registration form is only a request. Written confirmation (via email) from the museum constitutes a booking guarantee. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided on the form within one business week. Questions regarding your registration request should be directed to NPMEducation@si.edu.

Registration