I have experienced the same issue with parents writing comments in artist statement section, although without any prompting from me, some kids went on and wrote artist statements which I thought was really cool. I actually emailed Artsonia to see if I could log on my students at school to write their statements at school and I was told that there isn't a way to do that at this time. I would have to give them my login and password, which I am not going to do. I suggested that they make a student login code like they do for teachers. Maybe if more of us ask for it, they will make that happen for us.
In the meantime, I have made a worksheet where students type in the answers in my digital art class and I plan to copy and paste the statements myself. I haven't done it yet...in my plans for next week.
PS. Still loving your ABC kinder curriculum! You should sell it!
From: jeryl HOLLINGSWORTH
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:02 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] artsonia- student statements?
I hope everyone is off to a great start. I'm gearing up with Artsonia again
as we finish work that could be published, and one of my students is in the
running for Artist of the Week- Zaine7 in the 4th -6th grade age group. His work
is a gesture drawing study which we do as the beginning of a long unit on human
form that ends with sculptures to go along with their history unit. I'm sure he
would appreciate your vote each day from now until Sat. On another note, this
year Artsonia is adding a student statement component. The parents log on and
the students post their comments or the teacher can post. Teachers have an
option to block it and only let them do it at school. I'd like your thoughts on
blocking or not. At first I thought it would be good to get parents involved,
but the couple of comments that have been posted clearly showed the parents
didn't get the idea (example:I love you honey, good job- your mama) The
artsonia folks put an explanation of the artist statement that you could adjust
if you want. I have tried now to make it easier to understand for parents. I may
wait a bit and if doesn't work out, I'll block it and try to do it at school.
What are all of you doing?