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NAEA Monthly Mentor | The World’s Largest Kids’ Art Museum

This month we’ve been into the guest columns on the NAEA’s website by their Monthly Mentor Thom Knab. Thom teaches K-4 art outside of Buffalo, NY and has shared a ton of great resources with his guest posts. Today’s article is about Artsonia.com, an online gallery for student work. Read the full article after the jump and be sure to check out his other posts!I hope by now you have heard of Artsonia.com. If you haven’t, it is an online art gallery for student work. They refer to it as…”the world’s largest kids’ art museum”. Artsonia is also a partnered by the NAEA. I have uploaded a great deal of student art work to this site over the past several years. Artsonia is a great way to just highlight and share student art work, create on-line portfolios and encourage participation by family and friends of your students. Students are listed by their first name followed by a number. Student last names are never used online.

The first big steps are to add the class lists for all your students. The following years you can just add the new students and/or grades you teach. Artsonia allows you to move class lists up to the next grade very easily. Scanning or photographing student work can become time consuming but enlisting parent/volunteer help can ease that quite a bit. Students can enter statements about their work. Students can also have “fan clubs” and visitors can leave comments for the artist (which parents have to approve before they are displayed online). Family and friends and admirers can by items with student art work on them. 15% of each purchase goes to support your school’s art program – what a great way to enhance dwindling budgets.

Bob Reeker, and arts and technology teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska, used Artsonia to do a student art work exchange. We both uploaded mood portraits to the site which our students could then view. We designed a question sheet for the students to answer as they viewed the work. We wanted to see how students in a different locale would respond to how other students created a mood/feeling in their work. The responses were in turn sent through email. Using Artsonia cut out the expense of send art work through snail mail there and back. It also allowed the work to be viewed almost instantaneously. We did have to make sure, however, that we had parent permission slips for all the students involved. I think we did pretty well receiving about 98 % permission.

Please share how you may be using Artsonia in different and creative ways. To view my artsonia gallery visit http://www.artsonia.com/schools/dodge1

-Thom Knab

via Monthly Mentor.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.