Use Flickr to Create Digital Portfolios in Minutes

Art teachers are always looking for ways for students to share their artwork.  Uploading students artwork to a website or hanging it up to display can be very time consuming.  I use to spend hours uploading students artwork from my camera to my classroom website or Picasa, an online photo storage site. Others may find Artsonia is perfect for the Elementary level but can easily be grown out of at the middle school and high school level.

I now use Flickr to house my student’s artwork digitally. Check out this video showing how my students use Flickr in the art room with their iPads!

This process now takes me a few minutes versus the hours it used to take.  Two major things happened to help with this process: One was becoming a 1:1 school with iPads. Two was using Flickr’s unique email upload address given to each Flickr account  to instantly upload photos.

This unique email upload address that is given to your Flickr account allows you to simply upload a picture to your account by sending it via email.  The email you send it to is given to you by Flickr.

To get set up with your unique email upload address follow these steps.

1)      Sign up for your own Flickr account.  It’s free and keeps your first 200 pictures.  Upgrade to a Pro account for unlimited online storage.

2)      While you are signed in click on the Explore tab.

3)      Click on Flickr for mobile.

4)      Click on Upload via email.

5)      Click on Set it up here.

6)      Take a photo on your iPad or mobile device.

7)      Email it to your unique email upload address.

8)       The subject line of the email is used as the title, and the body is posted as the photo description.

9)      Check out your Flickr account to see your recently uploaded artwork.

10)   Search for your Flickr account by your account name.

11)   Switch the search tab from photos to people.

12)   Click on your name.

13)   See your students’ newly added artwork.

14)   Uploading pictures online is now a breeze with Flickr! Enjoy sharing artwork instantly and creating an online community!



Students can upload their own pictures to your Flickr account via email.  I now spend maybe a few minutes organizing students’ artwork into sets on Flickr and then linking that set to my classroom website.

How do you share students’ artwork with others digitally?

What makes displaying or sharing students’ artwork a breeze for you?

Chelsie Meyer

This article was written by former AOE writer and technology guru Chelsie Meyer.


  • This is genius. Teachers are constantly looking for ways to do digital portfolios and the main barrier is how much work it can be. Your solution fixes both of those programs and I can’t wait to hear from others if they do digital portfolios and how their system compares to this. It can’t get much easier – What an amazing advocacy tool for your program. 

  • So cool! I love how you have the students help to make this happen.

  • Cathy

    I will have to check into this. I have heard of Flicker but have only associated with photographs, not student artwork. I use Artsonia…my kids and the parents love it.

    I also will be using to create small books each year that compile the best of some of my student work. They will be great to have with me at job interviews as a showcase to show fantastic student artwork….like a mini portfolio. I also want to keep a record each school year of certain students’ artwork and these small books will be nice.

    • Thanks for sharing Cathy! I will have to check out

      • Cathy

        Thanks Chelsie…I also used it for my son’s photography….he will be graduating from high school and I wanted a way to showcase his stunning photos to have at his grad reception and also to have as a “coffee table book” after he goes off to college. The books range in size from small squares to large sizes. Choices of paper, hard or soft cover, etc. are also abounding on the website.

    • Tracy

      Cathy, I am not understanding the mechanics of signing my students up for Artsonia…I read somewhere on the site that you can print little take-home slips THREE PEOPLE AT A TIME!??? lol.. I have 1,300 students at 4 schools…..How in the world do I register them, even just the upper grade kids, without spending 20 hours a week doing it!?? Help!

  • Juliagthomas

    I hate to ask the obvious but why would the students take pictures of their art (that’s on the walls in the classroom), upload it, only to look at their art, or their classmates’ art, online? 

    • Thanks for commenting! I think the main purpose of a digital portfolio is to share student artwork with a wider audience. Students can share the link with parents, grandparents, other teachers, friends, and once the artwork is taken down from the walls and sent home, the artwork will still be proudly displayed online. I also see this as a great advocacy tool to expose more people to the body of work being created throughout the entire year.

    • Great Question! It allows students to see their artwork even after the display is down, share with grandparents in other states, and feel proud of their artwork as their artwork is shared not only within the walls of their school building but around the United States! And the best part is it all happens within minutes with Flickr’s unique email uploading.

  • Tracy

    And Chelsie—the way you showed how it is done with Flicker here was SO helpful and CLEAR and easy to follow! Thank you!

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