Re: [art_education] Artsonia letter to parents?
- In my school (K-4) 675 students, I send home the parent letter from Artsonia.They sign it and then I either e-mail or send back them the security key and screen name they will need to register. If the parents do not register, they do not know when a new piece of art is uploaded and you end up wasting your time. I require parents to register before I upload their child's artwork. By registering, they are taking an active role in their child's art education and you know they want to see the artwork. Ellen----- Original Message ----
From: mccauley_misty <mccauley_misty@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 8:18:14 PM
Subject: [art_education] Artsonia letter to parents?
Hi! Thank you all for all of the neat ideas and tips about holding art
in the cafeteria! although I now do not have to work in the cafeteria
(this year) I do have a few classes in mobile units which do not have
running water, and your ideas really helped me figure out how i will
approach painting, clay and the like.
Here is my newest dilemma...I would like to get my students artworks
set up on Artsonia. Do any of you have a letter to the parents about
permission that I could check out to get ideas of how to approach this
topic? Do I need to get permission from every parent, or would the
school's photo release form work? Also, does it take a long time to
upload images, set up students accounts, etc? I teach at 5 schools,
and have 897 students, do you think this might be too big an
undertaking? Have any of you used parents/ volunteers or even older
students (5th grade) to help out with photographing, uploading and the
like? I don't want to start something that I can't finish, and so
would like all the information that any of you can provide! Thank you!
I used the letter that is in the Helpful documents section of Artsonia as a start for my letter home and permission slip. Once the students are signed up it lasts for their entire time in my school. So after the initial sign up you will only need to add the new students each year.
As for helpers... do indeed get parent volunteers. I have about 600 students and it does take time but it worth it many times over in the excitement from the kids and families. For the initial sign up I gathered all the papers and start entering the information a little over time. It took about 2 weeks to get all the information logged in to the data base.
As for uploading... Artsonia has a brand new up loader available this year that is AMAZING! Just scan or take photos of the art work and save in a folder on your computer. The up loader will upload a file folder completely up to 1000 photos! Then you just click the photo and have pull down menus to name the student and grade of each piece. If you get in a habit of doing the uploading either a little each day or pick a time each week to up load images I find it more manageable then trying to say do 1000 at once. I usually try to do an hour worth ever couple days. Parent volunteers have been helpful too! If you get a parent who is very computer literate they can meet you ever two weeks and help upload the new images. I keep a folder for each class with images that need to be scanned or photographed on my cabinet. If a parent is available they have a little spot in the room set up where they can scan away!
I have been uploading art on Artsonia for about 8 years. I don't put up EVERY assignment sometimes due to the volume of work that my students create some months. I try to pick some of the successful assignments for each grade level and put up at least 4 pieces per student each year.
Hope that helps.
Holly Bess Kincaid
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. "
- I do Artsonia too.
I send my own letters. I ask for the parents to list all the
children they have and the classes. That one letter will be good for
the whole time they are at the school under me as as art teacher. This
is explained in the letter. Then I send their passwords to them in
another letter. I try to make the letter very simply understood for al
levels of parents.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, marcia <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
> Legally, I think the school's photo release form would be fine.
Artsonia has parent letters that you can download from their site.