Shoot straight down on artwork; use a photograybackground when needed.
Shoot 3D work on a rolled piece of paper, using natural light.
Shoot photos of students so their faces don’t show.
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Why should you get published? It makes you (and your school, administrators, and students) look good. Your students’ parents will be very happy. You can use your article as a conference handout. You can share your expertise with other art teachers. You are demonstrating your professionalism. You are instantly recognized as an author. It can lead to other things (invitations to present, books).
Before writing, think about: • How you would express your idea to a fellow art teacher. • What idea, artist, trend, or issue influenced your idea. • The main ideas you’re trying to communicate. • What problems a teacher might encounter. When writing: • Use a conversational style. • Keep it to less than 800 words. • Read it out loud. •Have someone else read it. • Copy your text and images separately onto a CD.
Photography Tips • Photograph artwork on a neutral background. • Leave space around the artwork/subject. • Shoot straight down on 2D artwork. • Do not use flash; natural light is best. SchoolArts accepts color photographs and slides; however, high-quality digital photographs are preferred. • Make sure your digital camera is on the “Best” setting. • Turn off the date mode on your camera.