Skip to Main Content
Bookmark and Share

Big Draw

Bring your 3rd – 5th Grade students to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum or bring the Smithsonian to your students!

What is Big Draw?

Did you know that each and every postage stamp issued meets very specific rules and regulations regarding the image design? And did you know that any person can submit a stamp design for production approval? These, and other questions, are answered in Big Draw, a cross-curricular program for 3rd through 5th graders. With each stamp produced being a miniature piece of art, Big Draw combines the civics behind stamp design submissions and the graphic design behind the beautiful imagery, while incorporating fun hands-on activities and games.

Program Description

Big Draw is an interesting and engaging program that combines listening comprehension skills through a facilitator-led presentation and hands-on art activities. After an introduction on the process of stamp design submission, students work in groups to complete a matching game about stamp art themes. From there, a museum facilitator will walk students through some of the basics of graphic design that every stamp artist must address in their work. At the end of the session, students get to combine all of their acquired knowledge to sketch their very own stamp design that can be submitted for production!

Big Draw is now available at your school as well!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my group right for this program?

  • Target Age: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

  • Accommodates: one class of students at a time (at National Postal Museum); up to 50 students at a time (at your school)

  • Program Duration: 50 minutes

When is this program available?

  • At the National Postal Museum: This program takes place on Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

  • At your school: This program is available most days and most times. Please see the registration form for current availability.

What else should I know?

  • There is no charge for this program, but reservations at least four weeks in advance are required.

  • This program does not bring students into museum exhibitions—it is highly recommended that you allow enough time in your visit to explore our collections further.


Big Draw: National Postal Museum

Big Draw: At Your School