I haven't seen an answer for you so I'll answer your question. I am not aware of any sites that offer free hosting without ads. They have to pay for the bandwidth use somehow and if they don't charge, then they use ads to pay for them. Several of the free hosting companies are now out of business (Homestead, Geocities, and AOL), but Google has a new service that several art teachers have space on. The link is http://sites.google.com. Some teachers use a blog as their website. Probably WordPress is the best. The URL is http://wordpress.com/
If you have to have a site without ads, there is a hosting company I use that is very cheap. I have two websites with them and they charge me $4.95 a month. Here is the URL:
Of course you will need a domain name and they charge you by the year for those. There are many companies (including Integra-Net) who sell domains. Probably the most popular is GoDaddy. You may want a dot org domain for your site. I don't know if they will let you have an edu domain website as I think they reserve those for schools and not individual teachers. The dot com domains are the most common.
Oh, one last idea. There are also a few art teachers who use Facebook as their webpage. My favorite is Mrs. Brown's page at:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "miaya_mom" <miaya_mom@...> wrote:
> I am looking to set up a webpage for my art class. Any suggestions for web hosting companies that are free and have no ads? What hosting company are you using and do you like it?