- Hi All,
I am thinking of doing the Artsonia site for my students at my school.
I am intreged at the opportunity to raise some money without doing a
fundraiser and I like the idea of the site. I have a few questions for
those of you that do this though. How long does it take to get the
work scanned and uploaded? Do you find you've integrated that into
your routine or is it difficult. Also how do you choose which pieces
to put in? I know some of my families will love this and others won't
even bother to look, how do you highlight it? If you could go back in
time and not join Artsonia would you? Thanks for any imput! Ali
- I love it, and the students have such pride in showcasing their work
online. At the start of they year I send home a permission form to
put their artwork online. If the students return a form, then all of
their work goes online as we finish projects. I have been doing it
for the last 3 years, and it just seems to get easier and easier. For
me, the easiest thing to do is take pictures of the work and upload it
from the camera.
I sometimes have student helpers take the pictures, but you have to be
sure they are good picture takers, or else they are cropped weird or
blurry. I even have students help upload work. I would say that I
do about 95% of it, and that it does take some time, but it is well
Lauren in Vegas
- It's great! I love Artsonia. For me, it doesn't take
that much extra time and I get soooo many positive
comments from parents and kids that it's worth it. A
lot of times when we finish a project, the kids will
ask "Are you going to put this on artsonia???"
However, it is a little bit extra work, so if you
think some of the families won't look at the work, the
permission slip idea is a great one. The parents at
my school are very involved and I think a LOT of them
look at it. We don't make too much money from it
(maybe about $200 a year?), so I don't really do it
for that reason. Also, artsonia is a good place to
get lesson ideas. Say you want a project with frogs,
you type in "frogs" on the search option and you will
see all the projects with that in the title.
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- I'm a HUGE fan of Artsonia. I've been doing it for about 3 years and it gets easier as I go. I
have something like 85% participation at my school. I send out the permission slips to all the
new students anyone who was in it before stays in it (unless they request otherwise). I
register the parents with the email address they give me on the permission slip. This really
helps ensure participation since each new uploaded piece of artwork sends the parent and all
the fan club members of the artist an email alert.
Artsonia funds have bought me a new digital camera, external harddrive, a smartboard and
But here is the best part...I make digital portfolios with my graduating 5th graders. I take
pictures of 100% of all their artwork and store it in a "working portfolio" on my harddrive.
Before, they couldn't watch their progress and review what they had learned because they
didn't have access to my harddrive. Now, they are being reminded constantly of their growth
and learning everytime they see their online digital portfolio on Artsonia. Artsonia was the
missing link for making digital portfolios. It isn't just an extra-it's now curriculum for me.
Dryden Elementary School
Arlington Heights, IL
- I have been doing it for about 3 years, and I really love it. I put
all student art work up, and if the parents see it, awesome; if they
don't, it helps round out the project to show what it was capable of.
All my younger students feel like stars when they get their art
pictures taken. I think it gives many of them the feeling that their
piece is important to take a picture of.
Artsonia has a new system that allows you to upload ten works at a
time. I think it only takes me about 20-30 minutes to upload a
project. I have earned very little from this as a fundraiser, so I
hope if that area doesn't pan out for you, you aren't disappointed.
The great thing is that you don't have a contract- you can stop at any
time. If I get super busy, there are projects that don't make it
online, and that's okay too.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, marcia <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
> It's great! I love Artsonia. For me, it doesn't take
> that much extra time and I get soooo many positive
> comments from parents and kids that it's worth it. A
> lot of times when we finish a project, the kids will
> ask "Are you going to put this on artsonia???"
> However, it is a little bit extra work, so if you
> think some of the families won't look at the work, the
> permission slip idea is a great one. The parents at
> my school are very involved and I think a LOT of them
> look at it. We don't make too much money from it
> (maybe about $200 a year?), so I don't really do it
> for that reason. Also, artsonia is a good place to
> get lesson ideas. Say you want a project with frogs,
> you type in "frogs" on the search option and you will
> see all the projects with that in the title.
> Be a better pen pal.
> Text or chat with friends inside Yahoo! Mail. See how.
- In terms of strictly fund raising, you might find quicker and easier ways to raise money. On
Artsonia, I have found that the fundraising part works best with younger children (my parents
tend to purchase more the younger the student). HOWEVER, I DO think that Artsonia is the
BEST art advocacy tool available. It has FAR surpassed any art show I could have ever
imagined. I reach thousands of parents and family members (I have never had a thousand
people in attendance any traditional art show). The parents LOVE it! The kids think it is so
cool and leave encouraging comments for friends (all comments are parent approved
another nice feature). These comments stay "attached" to the artwork electronically through
the years so that a fifth grader can look back at comments and art made from Kindergarten.
I would suggest starting out with one project per student and then add more as you are
comfortable. Philosophically, I don't feel right excluding artwork that is not as successful as
others, so I include all the students (all parents love their child's art even if it doesn't look as
good as the others). It does take a long time from photographing, to cropping, to uploading,
but it is well worth the effort. I would suggest trying to find parent volunteers, or even a sub
in your building that might not be busy to help you photograph.
Theresa McGee in Illinois
- I too use Artsonia. It's totally worth all of the time and effort. My
school is a Title I school and I use it as an incentive. When my kids
see the work of other students they are more motivated to do their
personal best to have their work displayed. The money that is raised
for your art room is a bonus, but I don't raise a whole lot of money
due to where my kids come from. It is absolutely worth it and gets
easier every year!
- I also use artsonia. My students love it, especially my 6th graders.
I give them the permission form given by artsonia at the beginning of
the year. It does have a place for the parents email address so they
can get updates of the students work. This is also helpful to get
your students fan club growing.
Lauren in Vegas
- Artsonia is the first online association I've had where I received a
personal call at school from their people, wondering if everything on
Artsonia was working alright for us, since they had noted it had been
awhile since I uploaded more recent work. Teaching K-12...just told
them I had been busy is all...end of year stuff especially.
I was impressed with that!
- Not really sure if it's ok to post this but one of my students is up for artist of the week.
I teach at a Title 1 school and it would be nice for all of us if he won. He is K-3 screen name: Max1893.
- At the NAEA convention in Seattle in March, I spoke in depth with Artsonia's founder, Dave. I told him I'd be happy to mention Artsonia on our Art Educator Group email list. Artsonia is an online venue for art related things for teachers, parents, and kids and Dave is passionate about it.If you don't know about Artsonia, it's an online venue for your students to display their artwork.Arsonia has the largest children's online art gallery -- from 100 countries.Kids can participate in having their artworks voted for too, if that's of interest.It is possible to win online awards and honors, and so much more.They offer products and keepsakes imprinted with kids' artworks and you can keep a percentage of the sales$.You can receive state and national awards and honors.I like that you can share lesson plans with other art educators.It's ag reat website.I hope you'll visit the website and check it out, see if it meets some of your needs or the needs of your students or parents.MaryAnn
- I too have been using Artsonia for many years....around 7 and love the site. I do all the picture taking, uploading, etc. I send a congratulatory letter to my student's parents with information on how to register, join fan clubs, make comments, etc. Once they do all these things, they e-mail me. I check the student's artsonia portfolio and then credit their grade a A. This extra full-blown grade is a motivator and the parents do the work, not the students, but I know many of the parents/students have 'bonding-time' while checking out their art portfolios. The students are also presented a certificate in class and we all clap and make a big deal out of it. Of course w/junior high kids sometimes I make a bigger deal than they do! The students are proud, the parents send me very positive comments and the extra $ for the art department isn't bad either. My sister and I went to a training Artsonia had several years ago in Chicago. It was great and free! The people at Artsonia are very nice, helpful and open to suggestions. Cheryl and I also loved having a mini-vacation together in that great city. The link to my school's online gallery is: