Monday, December 5, 2011

Free website displays students’ artwork online

From eSchoolNews November/December 2011 edition:

"With Artsonia, teachers can build a gallery of their students’ art projects online. The website
enables students to share their projects with family and friends, even if they live miles away.
Friends and relatives can comment on students’ work, which is posted with the student’s first
name and an ID number. They also can sign up to get alerts when their children’s new masterpieces are uploaded. What’s more, visitors to the website can purchase coffee mugs, key chains, and other items featuring students’ artwork. Items are often given as a holiday, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day gift—and schools earn 15 percent of the sale when users purchase custom keepsakes with their students’ artwork featured. Two Beaufort County, S.C., teachers—Karen Beltz of Bluffton Elementary School and Donna Sams of Coosa Elementary School—recently earned awards for sharing students’ art online through Artsonia, reports the Beaufort Gazette. “We have so many military children with family in other states or fathers who are overseas. [With Artsonia,] they can see their [children’s] artwork,” Sams said. Beltz and Sams were presented with leadership awards, given to teachers who have created large student galleries on the site and have encouraged interaction with users. The website includes more than 12.5 million pieces of art from students worldwide, according to a company spokeswoman."