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Liza Amor (April)
Liza Amor is the 2014 Nevada Art Educator of the Year. Liza is originally from Buffalo, New York, where she received a B.F.A. in Painting from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Post-Baccalaureate License in Art Education from State University College at Buffalo. In 2010, Liza completed her Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a class of 1998 Buffalo Seminary Alumna. Liza has taught in Clark County School District for 9 years at the elementary level. She currently teaches at Frank Kim Elementary School and Earl B. Lundy Elementary School. She served on the Clark County School District Visual Arts Curriculum Task Force in 2009. Liza promotes her art program and advocates for art education continuously through her community by bringing student art out of the classroom and into the public eye.

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Thursday 04.10.14

Promoting Your Art Program

In 2011, I attended my first NAEA convention. It was a very eye-opening and gratifying experience. At the time, I was going through the 5-year itch -- you know, when, after five years, you feel like you need a change in your work? This change could be as simple as creating new lesson plans or as major as switching schools or districts. I felt like I was just going through the motions: same school, same schedule, and same way of running my classroom. I was itching for a change and the convention cured that itch.

One of the sessions that made the biggest impact on me focused on how to promote my art program in the school and the community. I had expected my administration to do this for me, but what I realized during the session was that no one else can promote MY program except ME. Nobody knows what I do with my students better than I do, and no one knows how artistically gifted my students are better than I do. 

I left the convention in Seattle that year with a list of ideas on how to spread the word about my school's art program:
1. Start an Artsonia gallery.
2. Display students' artwork in the community.
3. Get students involved in the local art community.

I began engineering my lesson and unit plans that spring and talking to art galleries about exhibiting student work over the summer. 

When school started, I passed out Artsonia permission slips to all of my students urging them to sign up. I told them their parents would be able to see their artwork online and could Facebook, tweet, or email to share with friends and family far away. My students were very enthusiastic about the idea that their projects could be displayed on social media sites or emailed to relatives. The response was overwhelming and I was diligent throughout the school year. Every project we did I put on Artsonia. We ended up have the 6th most involved online gallery in the state of Nevada and I won a Technology Leadership Award from the site. The parents were proudly showing the office staff their childrens' artwork on their smartphones when they dropped their children off in the morning and it really made the art program seem more vibrant and more vital to the parents. I found that contests are another way to get parents to take notice of the art program. When there is a permission slip to sign, it opens up the dialogue about what their child is doing in art. If a student at the school wins, it really makes the entire school feel proud.

In 2012, I began displaying student work in the community. Every year my school did a unit on Mexico's celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). That summer I spoke with the CEO of City of the World Gallery, Incorporated, to allow my students to create an ofrenda (a traditional altar) and an art display in the gallery's garden for the First Friday Art Walk in November. They gave us the space for free and I went to work enlisting the help of the PTO to assemble our ofrenda for three of Mexico's most famous artists: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Jose Posadas. The students also created self-portraits with their pets, Calaveras masks, and sugar skulls.

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They wrote letters to Frida Kahlo and created Catrina (the traditional symbol of Day of the Dead) prints. All of these projects were displayed alongside the ofrenda at First Friday. Lo and behold, one of the artists at the gallery worked with the media and was enthusiastic to hear that we were doing this project. She called Telemundo and a local Spanish newspaper to interview my students and myself while we made the sugar skulls! This was great publicity for our school and, of course, my art program! The children were so proud of their work and proud of our school's art program. They would ask me if our school was the best in art, and that showed me what an impact the art program was having on their self-confidence.

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That same year I invited my students to Summerlin Art Festival, a local annual art festival, to participate in their chalk walk competition. This was a great way to bring real art (not posters or PowerPoints) to my students in a city that doesn't have an art museum.  The kids could see the art booths, work on a chalk piece created by my art club, and enjoy the festival with their parents.  I did the same event this year and my school won First Place in the Elementary Division! 

This is what has worked for me in the past couple of years to promote my school's art program.  Next year will be slightly different, I'll be a new mom and I'll be looking for ways to bring the arts community to my school.  There is an arts bus that visits the schools with a gallery on wheels and hands-on activities, I definitely want to check out.  Also, this is my first year having an end of the year art show, I'm working on organizing a pretty basic art show this year, but I plan to add some new  ideas next year like a silent auction. 

-Liza Amor

Monday 04. 7.14

Making a Difference Through Art

I have been showing my artwork actively in Las Vegas for the past three years at City of the World Gallery, Inc., in the downtown 18b arts district and the Annual Summerlin Art Festival. I started doing this at my husband's urging, not thinking I would sell or produce enough work that it would be worth my while. While I'm not ready for early retirement and living off my art, I will say that the past three years and a half years have been a very valuable experience for me. 

We art teachers tend to be loners in the school community, especially at the elementary level where we most likely do not have an art department with other art teachers. We are independent, quietly creating projects in our classroom. By becoming a member of an art gallery, I was able to mingle with other artists and art educators in Las Vegas. I don't feel that since my B.F.A. painting program that I have had such a worthwhile experience as an artist. I've been able to grow through constructive criticism from my peers and gain loads of self-confidence in my work through people actually buying a Liza Amor painting! One of the most valuable experiences I've had through this journey as an artist though, is creating pieces for our community. 

For the past two years I've had the wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children with autism. In 2013, the Charlie Palmer Group, in an effort to combat our city's worst economic month -- December -- launched the "Celebrate Las Vegas" initiative. They offered special deals to locals for shopping in local boutiques and eating at one of our many famous restaurants. They also created a charity event called "Artists for Autism". "Celebrate Las Vegas" gave away 100 guitars to local artists to turn into masterpieces. We were given a choice of electric or acoustic and free reign to do with our piece as we wished. Being a painter, I immediately thought about how I would paint the guitar, but my classroom practices ended up spilling over into my piece. I used air dry clay and paper clay to create tree limbs, leaves, and a Papier Mache owl. Being that it was fall in Vegas, I was having some homesickness for the glorious foliage I grew up with in Western New York. This project is unlike any other I have ever done and something which gave me a real sense of pride. Not only did it stretch my artistic skills but I was able to make a difference by donating the guitar to be auctioned during a gala at the Lou Ruovo Brain Research Center. 

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The following summer "Celebrate Las Vegas" put out another call for artists to design skateboards for a similar auction. This time I approached the project very differently. While I did take about 6 weeks to come up with the idea, as in the the previous year, I actually tried to think of a theme that would both appeal to the skateboarding community and represent my art. As I researched on Pinterest and Google skateboard art, I noticed a lot of Japanimation and Anime on skateboards. I was really attracted to it, but I'm not an animator. I had been wanting to paint a geisha for some time and thought this piece would appeal to a female skateboarder and would also be beautiful enough as a work of art hanging in someone's home. The skateboards were silently auctioned during our First Friday Arts Festival at City of the World Gallery, Inc. They had a skateboard ramp in the middle of the street and food trucks in front of the gallery, making for a really fun night! Several skateboards are still on display and up for sale on http://www.shopact.org/. There is also a book with the 100 guitars and a t-shirt, sales of which go to our local autism charities. 

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This spring I will stop showing regularly due to the arrival of my first baby, but I do plan to participate in future community projects like Artists for Autism. I strongly believe that after 9 months of behavior management, curricular development, and creating projects with my students I need my own artistic outlet from time to time. It grounds me and releases the strain of day to day life. Making art makes me a better art teacher, and I highly recommend keeping up with your artistic practice to every art teacher out there.

-Liza Amor

Tuesday 04. 1.14

The Art Teacher's Guide to Surviving Armageddon (or How my Art Program Survived the Economic Depression)

This blog posting is especially for new art teachers. Those of us who made it through the last few years with our jobs and programs intact and truly advocated for our students as well as ourselves: I applaud you! I started teaching in 2005 with a cross country move from Buffalo, NY, to Las Vegas, NV. When I initially relocated, Las Vegas was a booming city with brand new schools and houses being built three stories high to accommodate the 3,000 new locals every month. I started as an itinerant art teacher at a school that would be my home for the next eight years. It was a brand new building, high poverty population, overcrowded, but very well funded. The next year I became the head art teacher and, in those days, materials were not a problem. Every time my principal had extra money, she asked me if I wanted to order new materials and I always said yes. Somehow I knew I needed to take advantage of these opportunities to purchase supplies because the money might run out later on. Even as I left the school last year for another school in the same district, I left behind materials that I had stored since 2006!

As the next few years passed, materials were plentiful. My principal had a big budget for our school and was always sure to ask if I needed something. Then in 2008, the economy crashed and it hit Las Vegas hard -- in the tourism trade, its primary source of income. With less money coming into the state, school budgets dwindled. I began writing small, local grants and doing art contests in which I could win extra money for my art program so we could keep doing extraordinary art projects with special materials like mask making or Gyotaku fish printing.   

As economic times continued to prove difficult, grants eventually became a major source of funding. I did the MacGrant through McDonald's one year, was very successful with Donor's Choose, and I wrote grants for Crayola. My biggest tip to art teachers when writing grants is to make sure you connect your project ideas to other subject areas such as technology or social studies. Whenever I wrote a grant that was totally about art projects and art history, I didn't win. In contrast, when I wrote that my students would be taking a virtual vacation around the world learning about other cultures through art projects and PowerPoints, my projects were funded.

In 2011, I attended the NAEA National Convention in Seattle, WA, for the first time. Such an eye opener! One session that really changed my whole approach to running an art program was on how to advocate your school's art program. It struck me during that session that if I wanted my art program to be recognized in the school and the community, I was going to have to be the one that makes it happen. The following school year I started a school-wide Artsonia gallery. Artsonia is an online art gallery for children to display their projects with parents' permission. If parents wish to, they can also buy merchandise with their child's art printed on it and portions of the sale go to an account for me to purchase items for my classroom. I was easily able to manage this gallery with my iPhone App which allowed me to photograph, edit, and upload art to the site with a couple of clicks. Parents loved it! They were showing the secretaries at my school their child's art on their smart phones and I was able to buy materials that would normally come from my pocket (a bottle of paint or a ream of paper here and there) with the money I raised from Artsonia. 

Last winter, I decided to give part of the responsibility of advocacy and raising money for our program to my art club. They created Evil Eye magnets using leftover plaster from a mask making project years before and magnet tape the PE teacher donated. We painted them to look like the Evil Eye charms that are popular in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures. My students and I set up a booth at First Friday, a local monthly art festival, and priced them for $2-3, depending on their size. We sold out, and raised enough money to purchase clock parts for our ceramic clocks we made last spring! My students were very proud of themselves and the community seemed to respond to the idea that my students were taking responsibility for their program.

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Lastly, my final piece of advice: be a hoarder! If someone is throwing away toilet paper tubes, baby food jars, newspapers, etc. -- take it! I never say no to someone else's trash, because down the line, it could be my treasure! Look out for warehouses going out of business...I've gotten boxes of watercolors that lasted years this way! Even if times are not tough now, and you have a great budget plan, hoard, hoard, hoard! Someday you, too, might have to face art teacher's armageddon!

-Liza Amor

Tuesday 03.25.14

Rejuvenation and Motivation!

Last month, the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA) held their annual “Art in the Sun Conference”.  I have attended this conference every year since my first year of teaching, and I have loved it every time. I have met some amazing art teachers who have shared their best practices and favorite lessons. I have learned strategies for teaching students how to make their art better and how to get kids excited about creating art.

1Left to Right: Michelle Montierth, Joann Memmott, Stephanie Clegg, and Brandy Cimmino – UAEA Presidency at the Paintout, day one of our UAEA conference, in February.

2Teachers who attended the workshop I taught on “Teaching Students How to draw Pastel Landscapes”

3NAEA President Elect, Patricia Franklin at our UAEA conference

I hope everyone is getting ready to head out to the NAEA National Convention at the end of this week. I have been looking forward to it since last year. Attending Art Education Association Conferences are the best way that I have found to rejuvenate my art teaching and refuel my creative juices. Some of the best lessons I have taught to my students were a direct result of things I learned while attending sessions at either the Utah Art Education Association Conferences or the National Art Education Association Conventions. 

I always end up with a ridiculous amount of re-licensure points because of the amount of various trainings and PLC meetings provided my school and district. I would never really need to attend anything else in order to keep my license. However, those trainings do not prepare me to teach ART. Yes, they have helped me with things like classroom management, motivation techniques, cooperative learning and the Common Core. But often, I am the only person in the room who teaches the curriculum I teach. I am referred to as a “Singleton”. It almost seems crazy to try gleaning teaching strategies that will help my students learn about the technical production and context required to teach, my students, my curriculum, from someone who truly has no idea what teaching art encompasses.

Also, I get a little bit cranky when I am constantly being expected to teach things like how to write an argumentative paper. My logic is: we should be expecting our students to write about art, often, but they should be learning how to write in their English class. Are teachers who teach English being asked to teach their students how to draw correctly? Even if they assign a drawing aspect to a writing project in English, I am pretty sure they do not spend any of their class time teaching students how to draw or shade or color.  

So, my point is. If you really want a great experience, that will keep you motivated to be a better art teacher, and give you the best kind of training you can get for teaching art, go to your association conferences. Make it a priority. Save up, beg your school or district Administration for funding and Educational Leave. Show them the schedule, tell them you need it, tell them how much it will benefit your students, tell them there is no other training out there that will help you be a better art teacher than this. I hope to see all of you at NAEA this week! I can’t wait.

-Michelle Montierth

Monday 03.17.14

Highs and Lows

Because I am receiving an NAEA award, I was asked by my local newspaper to think of a particularly high time in my teaching career and a particularly low time.  That was hard.  It was actually easy to come up with high moments, there are so many.  Not that this profession is perfect, but it is definitely perfect for me.  So, for me, there is at least one high every day, but often many more.  Every time a student thanks me for teaching them to draw, or writes something on their exit slip that lets me know they were able to problem solve and find solutions, or shows me their artwork and I can tell they are truly proud of themselves, I feel pure joy.  However, as I thought about it for a few days, I realized there is one thing that really stands out above the others and that is our summer Art Camp.  This summer will be the seventh year that we have held our Weber District Art Camp.

I first started it (with a lot of help from other teachers in Weber District), because I needed a project to do as a requirement of my Masters Program, at the University of Montana.  The first year was small we had about 30 kids, but it has quickly grown to capacity and each year we have about 80 kids between the ages of 9th- 12th grade attend.  There is something magical about having kids and adults who have a deep love for art from all over the district spend a few days together creating art up in the mountains, surrounded by nature – which is the ultimate creation.  I love watching the kids connect with kids from other schools and have a great time making all types of art together.  It is truly miraculous and hard to explain the feeling that is there.  I’m looking forward to this year’s camp already.

Art camp - nature journaling  Art Camp - Food Art Competition
Art Camp - Nature journaling                  Art Camp - Food Art Competition

Trying to think of a low was even more difficult, but there is one thing that has been a burden for me.   Every once in a while one of my students will have something really awful happen to one of their pieces of art and it breaks my heart because I know how much of a person’s soul goes into creating their work.  Throughout my years, I have seen things accidentally destroyed and sometimes purposefully destroyed or stolen.  One case in particular was especially devastating.  I teach AP Studio Art, which is a really intense and time consuming class for me and for my students.  They have to create a body of work (24 portfolio quality works of art) to submit to the AP college board in order to receive college credit.  If they accomplish this goal, they earn the honor of painting a large ceiling tile in the art classroom with a work of art that represents their portfolio work, to leave as their legacy. 

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My classroom ceiling

One of my students took her ceiling tile home to finish and brought it back during the summer.  She had painted a beautiful portrait of herself playing the violin.  Sadly, I never got to see it.  I was told that it had been thrown away by a custodian.  I couldn’t believe that anyone could throw something like that away.  It reminded me how little some people care about art.  This student did paint a new one for the ceiling, so every time I look at it, I am reminded about my calling to give my students an awareness of the importance of art in our lives, so that they will never think so little of a work of art that they would carelessly throw it away or destroy it.

-Michelle Montierth

Tuesday 03.11.14

Take Time to Look at Great Art

When you find yourself and your students getting in a rut, one of the best things you can do to invigorate your own art making is to go see some really cool and amazing artwork in art galleries and museums. One of the assignments that I give to my AP Art students is to do a gallery visit and write about it. They are required to go to an art gallery four times a year, once per term. I love reading their papers and finding out how this experience changes and influences them. I remember one recent paper in particular. She wrote about how she realized that in order to create the loose, distorted style she has been striving for in her work, she needs to figure out how to make it look deliberate and not accidental. I have read many papers where students have made discoveries about themselves and the reasons they are creating because of looking at the art in galleries and speaking with professional artists about their work.

Yesterday, we spent the day riding a school bus from the little rural town where I teach to go to some of the best art galleries in Utah. There were three art teachers and one student teacher from my school who escorted 50 students to the Springville Museum of Art and the BYU Art Museum. Both shows were incredible. Currently at the Springville Museum of Art they have two exhibits – Curiouser & Curiouser: The Artwork of James Christensen, Cassandra Barney, Emily McPhie & Family and the 42nd Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show. I fell in love with the show by James Christensen and his two daughters. The entire show was meant to share with the public how the Christensen family has fostered creativity in their home. I especially loved the family tree wall with a portrait of each family member created by every member of the family. They drew names and then created a portrait of the name they drew. There were all levels of artwork, from very amateur works to very professional works because they didn’t leave anyone out. Even small children were expected to participate. I really want to do this in my own family. I was mesmerized by the artwork of James, Cassandra and Emily and it really made me excited to get back to my studio and work.

Students listening to docent explain gallery etiquette
Students listening to docent explain gallery etiquette


The High School Art Show was amazing as usual and is a great opportunity for students to see what they themselves are capable of. It also helps me as an art educator to think of new ideas and reminds me to keep pushing my students to do better.

My student next to her own painting in the All State High School Show
My student next to her own painting in the All State High School Show

 

At the BYU Art Museum, we had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the original artwork of several European artists in the exhibit called “Sacred Gifts”. Wow, these paintings were spectacular! They were huge and just thinking about the amount of work it must have taken to get these paintings out of frames and transported to Utah was incredible. I loved seeing the paintings by Carl Bloch especially because I have grown up surrounded by prints of these pieces my entire life.

Every time I broaden my horizons by visiting an art gallery or art museum, it helps me to be a better teacher and artist. I totally recommend that you make an opportunity to share this experience with your students.

-Michelle Montierth

Saturday 03. 1.14

The Circus Life of an Art Educator

I’m pretty sure when I signed up for this gig, I wasn’t prepared for the circus element of it. I remember taking art classes all my life, sitting there, getting inspired, getting in the zone, then going forward and making  art. Because my dad was an art educator, I was always surrounded by art supplies and interesting art. I grew up making my own glue – you know the flour and water kind, cutting, pasting, drawing, painting, sculpting, sewing and even turning my attempts at baking into works of art. I truly thought that being an art teacher was going to be all about just being creative and helping kids fall in love with making art all the time, just like I did. 

I didn’t think about all the other horribly mundane things I would have to do. I had no idea that I would be spending so many hours writing lesson plans, coming up with project criteria and rubrics, and working on a myriad of PLC goals. Then of course there are the hours and hours spent on grading student work. Sometimes, I feel like it takes me more time to evaluate a student’s work than they actually spent creating it, especially the students who just hurry to get it done. I don’t know how the rest of you feel, but I never took one statistics class, ever, for a reason. So, the emphasis on collecting, keeping and analyzing data is completely wrecking havoc on my right brain. Putting all of my assignments online, so a few kids who were absent can find out what they missed, is cumbersome and time consuming and I am always behind. And, man is it harder than I thought it was going to be, to really teach kids how to draw. 

I decided to be an art teacher because I LOVE TO MAKE ART and I LOVE TO TEACH. I truly love it when a student figures out for the first time that they CAN draw, they CAN shade, they CAN paint, and they CAN create! Wouldn’t it be great if we could just focus on that? Shouldn’t that be what we should be spending our precious hours on? 

In my 14 years as a high school art teacher, I have learned to juggle--that’s my circus act. I have found that I am actually pretty good at it too. I have also found other talents that I had no idea I had. I’m sure you have too. For instance, I have learned to talk and take roll at the same time. Sometimes, I have about 20 balls in the air at once, and yes, sometimes I drop some of the balls. But I must be doing well enough because they haven’t kicked me out of the circus yet.

For my month of blog contributions, I am going to be writing about juggling my life as an art teacher and my life as an artist. I am going to share some things that I am working on in my classes as a teacher to be more focused on helping kids love making art and the things I am doing in my studio as an artist. I’ll let you know how it goes.  

-Michelle Montierth

Wednesday 02.26.14

Publishing Yourself and Your Students…

Another way to promote student artwork is through writing articles for magazines. School Arts and Arts & Activities have writer’s guidelines online. I have always enjoyed writing, but did not think I would ever get published. I decided to give it a try and my first article; Kindergarten Monets was accepted and published in Arts & Activities. Another article, A Midsummer’s Day Dream was accepted by School Arts. The next two articles were not accepted, but, as the saying goes, “you can’t win them all”. I didn’t give up! I have submitted two more articles, which are under consideration by Arts & Activities.

It is very rewarding to see your article and pictures “in print”. It’s even more exciting for the students. You can also try submitting artwork and information from your students for the Young Artist section in Arts & Activities. Two of my students have been featured.

Celebrating Art is a national art contest held in the spring, summer and fall. You submit pictures of your students’ artwork online. The entries are reviewed and if accepted, are published with parental permission. There is no cost to enter. If you have more than fifteen students published, your name is entered as a Teacher of Distinction. There are also prizes for students who are in the “top 10”. We haven’t made it to the “top 10”, but we have had 6 students receive “High Merit”. One hundred and seven students have been published in 4 books. Not all artwork is accepted. The books are very attractive and cost approximately $30.00. Teachers receive a free book if a certain amount of students are published.

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Sample page from Celebrating Art (left) | Top Left artwork: High Merit (right)

-Suzanne Dionne

Monday 02.24.14

Arts Schools Network

If you teach in an art school, you can become a member of Arts Schools Network (ASN). There is an annual conference, which in some ways is like the CAEA conferences/NAEA National Conventions. You can tour some of the schools in the vicinity of the conference location. It is very exciting to see how the arts are taught in other schools. I was able to attend one of the conferences, which was held in Chicago, and came back inspired with some new ideas to incorporate in my teaching and lessons. ASN not only includes the visual arts, but all of the arts.

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Chicago Skyline (left), Chagall's Four Seasons (right)

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The Willis Tower...overcoming my fear of heights! (left), The Chicago Picasso...I touched it (right)

If you like to write, you can submit articles on best practices. I submitted one called Integrating Art with Technology, which was about Artsonia. There is also a blog that you can take part in. ASN is also offering webinars to its members.

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From a school visit: Fashion show of handmade, cultural dresses (left), Students dancing (right)

I am on a committee at my school that is working with ASN to encourage its elementary school teachers to take part in submitting student artwork for a calendar that has been entitled Celebrations & Holidays. This is yet another way to promote student artwork. How exciting for a young student to have their artwork featured in a calendar!

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Inside the Art Institute of Chicago (left), The Cloud Gate at Millennium Park (right)

These are just some of the things that I have been involved in with ASN. If you visit their website, you can find out much more information on what the organization is about and what programs are offered.

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Inside the Cloud Gate

-Suzanne Dionne

Thursday 02.20.14

Artsonia Advocate

Four years ago, I learned about a company called Artsonia at a CAEA state conference. It had quite an impact on my teaching. Everyone loves Artsonia – the students, parents, staff and administration. Artsonia has been around for years, but I didn’t know about it! There are still teachers who do not know about it.

Looking at the new Core Arts Standards, I realized Artsonia can be a useful tool for meeting many of the requirements on presenting and responding. Artsonia can serve as a type of e-portfolio. It is also a “museum” of student artwork from all over the world. My students enjoy looking at what other children are making in other countries.

There are areas for students to make statements on their artwork which can serve as an assessment instrument for responding. I have a parent volunteer who asks students about their artwork during class and helps them enter their responses.

Another great feature is effortless fundraising. We usually raise approximately $500 per year. It may not seem like a lot of money, but to me, it is wonderful to buy supplies for a “special” project, or to be able to order something that I ran out of, etc.

You never know when something special is going to come your way from Artsonia. I was able to enter the artwork of three students for the Artsonia display at Big Screen Plaza, at the 2012 NAEA National Convention in New York City, and one student’s artwork for the NAEA/Artsonia exhibit.

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Jaylen, NYC

If you are feeling the need for a “spark” in your teaching, try looking into the many programs available on Artsonia. Reflecting on my years of teaching, the programs offered by Artsonia were the most important I became involved with. My t-shirt says it all!

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Check them out online!

-Suzanne Dionne