From: Tracy Fortune
Part of being a great art teacher is contributing to the art education field. I know I love finding great unit ideas, new techniques, technical and organizational tips, and helpful teaching resources. I appreciate that other teachers share their ideas, so realized sharing my best lessons and resources could help others. Need ideas on how to share your work? Here are a few ideas.
1. National Magazines: One exciting way to share your unit plans with fellow art teachers is to submit articles to great art education magazines such as Arts and Activities and School Arts magazine. I remember how excited I was when my first article “Oaxacan Folk Animal” article came out. How do you go about getting an article published. The first step is find out the magazines specification for the article and accompanying photographs.
2. State Publications: My state has a new quarterly publication called Splatter magazine that is also looking for interesting articles. The Splatter editor wanted some regular features and I now coordinate one call “Organized Splatter” with tips for the artroom. If you don’t live in Washington, consider checking to see if your state has a publication.
3. Other Publishing Companies: The NAEA convention is a great way to network. I talked to Amy Woodworth at Crystal Publications at the San Diego conference and this year in New Orleans, I had a teaching resource “Speaking About Art” for sale at the exhibit hall and is also available online.
4. Artsonia: I recommend sharing student work and lesson plans on Artsonia. I love looking at the inspiring artwork on this site, as well as submitting student work.
5. NAEA Lesson Plans: I haven’t done it yet, but one of my next steps is to submit a unit plan to NAEA.
If you haven’t done it yet, or it has been a long time, consider taking the first step to Share Your Ideas with Fellow Art Teachers.