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Was that Artwork Submitted?

Do you ever find yourself clicking a bunch of links, trying to figure out if a student’s artwork has been submitted to Artsonia or not? And did they add a statement? Did you remember to provide feedback? If that sounds familiar, take a moment to read about a feature that will save you time!

Login to your teacher section and click on your art projects. Click on the title of any project and look for the word monitor.

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A page similar to the one below will show up (toggle the grade levels along the left side to match the project, if necessary).

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Here you can see which students have completed artwork, titles and artist statements. You can also see if you’ve provided feedback to them or not.

Classroom Mode Users: Have this page up when students walk into the classroom to quickly identify which ones need to go back and resubmit artwork and statements!

No more check-lists and weeding through piles of artwork! Just visit your monitor activity page on Artsonia and use your precious time for something else!

 

 

Change Your Perspective!

Do you ever see photographs of artwork that look like this?

It’s not cropped because nobody wanted to chop off the corner of the piece. But, it doesn’t look very nice with all that background showing up either. Not to worry, the new perspective editing tool is here to save the artwork!

The new editing tool on our mobile versions will automatically find the corners of the artwork, as soon as the image is captured. When you proceed with the editing process, the tool will automatically square the piece! See for yourself!

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If you want to see the process from start to finish, take a look at this short tutorial video found in our helpful resources for teachers!

Great Products. Great Cause.

The Artsonia Gift Shop has more than 35 keepsakes available for purchase. Some family favorites include coffee mugs, t-shirts and snappable (inter-changeable) jewelry!

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The purchases made in the gift shop directly support the school and its art program. Teachers can redeem school fundraising credits in several different ways:

Artsonia Gift Certificate
Use towards purchase of custom art keepsakes from the Artsonia Gift Shop. Great for awarding your best students! Extra 20% bonus value!
Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate
Use towards the purchase of art supplies at Blick Art Materials. Redeemable in retail stores, catalog orders or http://www.dickblick.com.
Amazon.com Gift Card+
Amazon.com Gift Cards+ never expire and can be redeemed towards millions of items at http://www.amazon.com. Even use for art room technology such as projectors!
Artsonia Check
Receive a direct payment from Artsonia in the form of a check.

+Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards (“GCs”) cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods on Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see http://www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. ©,®,™ Amazon.com Inc. and/or its affiliates, 2012. No expiration date or service fees.

Quick Tip: Student Roster

We know you don’t have time to type in student names, so just request a class list from your office and upload it to us. Give us a day or so to work on it and your roster will be good to go!

The end of the school year is fast approaching.  When you start to feel the students’ energy shifting from school to vacation mode, do you keep pressing through the next lesson, even if focus is lacking? Or, do you come up with some creative ways to keep them engaged in the art program, with less deadlines and assignments? We came up with a few ideas on how you might want to have your students use Artsonia as an end of year or summer-vacation activity.

1. Do-Over: How my skills have changed!
If you have published art for a few years now, why not offer them a do-over! Have them browse all the artwork in their Artsonia gallery and ask them if there’s one they did (last week or 3 years ago) that they’d like to “do-over.” Certainly, you’ll need to take into account materials and supplies needed, but some of the students might thoroughly enjoy looking at their Kindergarten “Blue Dog” and then coming up with their much improved, more detailed version of the same lesson! What an easy way for students to instantly see how much their talents and skills have developed thanks to your teaching and guidance!Do Over_BlueDog

2. Review Guestbook Comments
Ask students to browse through their guestbooks. Do any of the comments stand out as very special to the student? Which ones are their favorites and why? This is a fun way to remind students that other people are excited about their work and love to see them being creative at school. Review_Comments

3. Self Evaluation
Have your students browse through their gallery. Can they find one piece of artwork they wish they had worked a little harder on? Or, perhaps they would have changed something about the process/outcome? If they had the chance to “Do Over” (see #1 above), what would they do differently? (artwork credit: Peyton4697, Wolford Elementary, TX)Self_Evaluation

4. End of Year Review/Art Museum Search
While you might not give students a grueling end of year exam, why not give them a simple take-home (or summer) review on the artists/styles/or periods you studied this year? Rather than browsing YOUR school gallery, have them visit the Artsonia Museum search page  and type in a keyword to find lots of examples of Pop Art, for example.  Have them write down an art ID number of a few favorites and share them with the class.keyword_search

5. Take an Art Trip around the Globe
Students in more than 130 countries around the world have artwork showing on Artsonia.  Why not take a few minutes to have your students see what their peers are creating halfway around the world? Have your students pick a few different countries/regions from around the world, perhaps based on their own cultural heritage or simply a random pick.  Ask them to visit the Countries Represented page of Artsonia  and browse the different school galleries, making note of their favorite pieces.Artsonia_Countries_Flags

6. Get Creative This Summer!
The school year is too short and allotted art periods are few and far between for most teachers.  So, why not encourage your kids to keep learning and creating this summer? Using the projects search page have students use the keyword search to browse Artist’s names or styles. Alternatively, have them search exhibits by specific mediums they like to use.  Have them pick some favorites and perhaps, you can give them some tips on how to try some of these lessons on their own this summer!

7. Publish Artwork from Home!
Be sure all your parents are registered with valid email addresses before the end of the year! Encourage your students to have their parents upload “summer artwork” to their personal gallery. It doesn’t require your approval, nor does it show up on the school gallery, but it’s a great way to keep their families engaged in the arts all summer.parent_upload1

8. Summer Artwork Travel Postcards
Are your students taking a summer vacation? Encourage them to pack a small sketchpad! They can help create the family vacation memory book, complete with their own sketches of what they see and do.  And, if they are up for it, have them submit the drawing to their Artsonia gallery and send you a postcard (maybe have them mail to school at your attention, if you don’t want to give out your home address). How cool to come back in the fall and have an assortment of hand-made postcards from your students’ travels!postcard

9. Published Artist Certificates
Does your school hand out end-of-year awards? How about the art room? If you need a simple way to honor some of your students, you can print out Artsonia Published Artist Certificates! Just add your student’s name and date and it’s ready to go!Published Artist Award

10. Summer Newsletter for Parents
Why not keep in touch with parents over the summer once in a while? Maybe you offer summer camps, workshops or studio hours? Let the parents know what opportunities might be available to their kids.  Are there any special museum days coming up? Are there any arts festivals in your area? Keeping connected over the summer will remind parents that encouraging creativity isn’t just the art teacher’s job, it’s part of everyday life!Newsletter

One of the best features on Artsonia is the way families come together to celebrate the creativity of a young artist. Joining fan clubs, signing the guestbook, surprising a child with a keepsake featuring his/her artwork – all are ways that families and friends encourage their young artists. However, we’ve noticed that thousands of Artsonia artists don’t have any fan club members, not even a parent! So, we have a quick tip for teachers, on how to try and get more parents registered on Artsonia!

First – Consider your own busy schedule.  If you’re waiting for some new art supplies to hit the shelf, would you rather visit your favorite store daily to hunt around for the items, or just get an email that tells you the exact products you’re looking for are available?

Now, consider the parents at your school. If they want to see their children’s artwork, would they prefer to browse to Artsonia, search on their child’s name and then look to see if any new artwork is published yet…Or, would they prefer to simply get an email that announces new artwork in the gallery so they can click one link and see the masterpiece?

Everybody wants convenience, right?

So what’s the easiest way to get parents registered? Print customized take-home slips on Artsonia! All the information they need to get registered will be at their fingertips! And, be sure to tell your students what it is, so they encourage mom/dad to sign up!

Step 1: Login to your Teacher Account

Step 2: In the upper left side, green box, click on TELL PARENTS!

Step 3: Choose Method 2 => REQUEST NEW SLIPS

Step 4: Using the options provided, print customized take-home slips (3 per page) and distribute!

SAMPLE Take-Home Slip for a non-registered parent:

Parent TakeHome Slip

Step 5: Enjoy the new buzz that’s come over the classroom as more and more families get involved in their child’s art education!

Helpful Tip: Guided Access

Do any of your students take advantage of having an iPad or iPhone at their disposal in the artroom? Do they quickly try to access a different app, or (common with younger students) hit the home key and exit out of what they were supposed to be doing? If so, we wanted to share a quick tip on how you might be able to curb any “wandering fingertips” issues. Read on to learn about using Guided Access on an iOS device (Guided access is not an Artsonia feature, but a feature built into iPads and iPhones that can be convenient to use with Classroom Mode and other apps).

“Guided Access” helps your students stay focused on submitting artwork and statements while in the Artsonia Classroom Mode! Guided access limits their device to only using one single app and lets you (the teacher) control which app features are available.

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Note: Since Artsonia classroom is web-based, students could still incidentally type in a different URL and that would still work, however, they would not be able to hit the home key and/or actually exit the Internet browsing session.

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

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From there you can:

(1) Turn Guided Access On/Off

(2) Set a passcode to control Guided Access and prevent students from leaving an active session

(3) Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

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Start a Guided Access session

If you’ve gone into the above settings, it doesn’t do any harm in simply leaving the Guided Access “on” at all times. The actual feature will not be enabled unless you actually start/enable an active session.  Here are two thoughts on how to do that:

1) Prior to handing the device(s) to students, browse to your artsonia.com/class link (or open the app of choice) then triple-click the Home button to activate the Guided Access session. If anyone attempts to hit the “home” key a pop-up will appear, requiring them to input the password to exit.

2)If you are in a 1:1 classroom, you could instruct students to browse to the artsonia.com/class link (or open desired app), then triple-click the Home button on their devices. Again, this will automatically “lock” the app (or browsing session) so that no students can accidentally (or intentionally) hit the home button and exit to a different app.

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Note: As shown just above, you can disable app controls and areas of the app screen, but in the case of the Artsonia Classroom feature, this would not be necessary. However, it might come in handy if you used Guided Access with other apps of your choice!

To End a Guided Access session, simply triple-click the Home button and enter the Guided Access Passcode.

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