- I've been working hard to upload art to Artsonia. This has been a high learning curve, taking a lot of trial and error to learn what works most efficiently in the art room. I finally feel as if I have a good system. I will be writing a grant proposal to the Hingham Education Foundation to fund the purchase of an iPad for each table in the Art Room so that students will be able to soon upload more of their own work then write reflective artist statements. Fingers Crossed!
- You may be wondering "why is work from last year being uploaded?" I have a database of student art which I am uploading over time. This will take a while. It is fairly intensive with all the steps that need to be followed. Not all students will have work - one of the reasons I wanted to find an online hosting site for art is that I have had a couple of "crashes" while using the iPad database which have resulted in some of the art being lost. That highly distressed me, as one of my goals is to be able to view growth over time of every single student. Artsonia will allow me to do that without worrying about crashes.
- Did you know that you can upload images of art that your child creates at home? While it will not be linked to the Foster Art galleries (I wish it could be!) you will still be able to see it from home. This is a great tool to archive all of your child's art. Photograph their lego creations! Their paper constructions! You can hand over your digital camera to your child, provide them with a lightand talk about creating interesting framing. Make sure the Macro setting is turned on! Better yet,download the free iPhone/iPad app for Artsonia. This makes uploading images to Artsonia a little easier.
- This is for parents of kindergarten children; some of you wish that I would upload more art - I only have your child's class once every 12 school days, for 30 minutes. In December, I saw them one time. I wish that I had them more often!
- If you child's art is not showing up, I have not received your permission to put it on display. Please email me. I will send you the information. Wondering why you are not able to see comments that have been posted by grandparents or friends? You need to have an account, and approve those comments. (Once you gave your permission, I entered your email. The art became visible. Artsonia immediately sent you an email asking you to set up an account.) You need an account to a) approve comments; b) upload more work yourself; and c) invite others to become fans of your child's art.
I love both creating art and working with children to help foster their ability to think critically and creatively. I am also comfortable using technology as a targeted tool in the artroom.
I am so very grateful to both live and teach in this beautiful and historic town!
B.A. Hamilton College
Liberal Arts, Fine Arts Major
B.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art
Arts Education Major
M.Ed. Endicott College
Creative Arts and Learning
Continuing Education Classes
The Art of Ed.