By now, we’re sure that many of you have heard of, Artsonia the online student art gallery. But, how many of you have celebrated with your students who have earned Artsonia’s Hall of Fame honors? We’re guessing a number of you are now scratching your head, saying, “Hall of What?”
Yes! Artsonia has a fun Hall of Fame program that many teachers haven’t yet incorporated into their art rooms. So, today, we’re going to give you the inside scoop on this exciting feature and give you a first-hand look at how Wolford Elementary School art teacher, Brenda Fee, has skyrocketed to the top of Artsonia’s rankings by making the Hall of Fame the focus of her Artsonia program!
The Artsonia Hall of Fame feature encourages students to earn three awards based on the activity in their galleries. These awards are…
1. The Portfolio Award: earned for publishing three or more artworks in a year.
2. The Popular Artist Award: earned for having five or more fans in a year (and a minimum of one new artwork).
3. The Rave Reviews Award: earned for receiving five or more comments in a year.
Once a student earns all three awards, he or she earns the title of Artsonia Hall of Fame Artist!
As you might imagine, the program makes students extremely motivated to spread the word each time a new artwork is posted. In addition, these features help advocate for the arts by involving many different individuals. Friends and family can encourage students in their creative talents through Artsonia’s simple online activities from anywhere in the world!
To make life easier on teachers, the Hall of Fame program comes with a simple way to celebrate success! Gone are the days where you have to somehow manage “virtual” awards. Artsonia will now send you a weekly email about the awards your students have earned. As an added bonus, you now have the option to print out customizable certificates for students, parents, and other members of your school to see and appreciate.
As we mentioned, Brenda Fee is an avid user of Artsonia, who credits most of her success to the Hall of Fame feature. Brenda has used the Hall of Fame feature to motivate her students to not only do well on their projects but also to involve parents in the process.
Brenda regularly presents students with their newly earned awards, making it a routine part of her students’ time in the art room. In addition, Brenda has created even more “buzz” about the art room by offering bonuses to students who have reached the Hall of Fame status. Many of her students look forward to the exclusive art party thrown twice a year for those who have made it into the Artsonia Hall of Fame! Other students can’t wait to see their names posted outside the Principal’s office on a Hall of Fame board. And, to celebrate at year’s end, all of Brenda’s Hall of Fame artists receive colorful certificates to proudly take home. This year, Brenda is going the extra mile. If she has 100% of her students earn the Hall of Fame status, she has promised to dye her hair pink!
Jim Meyers, the Co-Founder and CEO of Artsonia, sees the benefits these new features have to offer Artsonia users. Jim told AOE, “Brenda is a great example of using the Hall of Fame feature to make her program burst in popularity. Last school year, Brenda’s school boasted more than 3600 fan club members, 10,000 comments on the artwork, and 150,000 visitors to their Wolford school gallery, which was the highest cumulative totals of all schools on Artsonia. Brenda proved that students are motivated to complete projects and have another way to gain pride and self-esteem, as they work to become Hall of Fame artists. Likewise, teachers have a fun, easy way to reach out to parents, encouraging more families to get involved in their child’s art education.”
Furthermore, according to Meyers, “Artsonia can truly make a difference in how a school art program is supported and encouraged by families and the school community. We know that the schools with the most active galleries, in terms of visitors, comments and artwork also tend to be the ones who are seeing the most all around benefits from the program. Through the Hall of Fame program, we hope that many more teachers will embrace the opportunity to connect with families, motivate their students, and in doing so, see Artsonia as more rewarding and beneficial than ever before.”
So hop on board art teachers! If you’re interested in earning extra funds for your classroom while involving your students and families in a meaningful way, the Hall of Fame feature is a no-brainer!
If you’re new to Artsonia, you may want to go back and check out how three teachers use the site in their rooms, as well as some of the cool features Artsonia provides. For all of our seasoned pros out there, don’t forget to dig into our organizing article with 10 tricks from the experts.
Special thanks to Brenda Fee of Wolford Elementary and Jim Meyers for their wealth of information about Artsonia
What is your experience with Artsonia?
How has the Hall of Fame feature benefited your classroom? We’d love to know!