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Connecting with people is such an essential part of being human. Maintaining connections with others is especially important, considering our current situation of more social distancing and increased isolation. Social media continues to be one of the best ways to connect with people online.
There is a vast community of art educators who are creating, sharing, and communicating through Instagram. Creating an art teacher Instagram account might be just the right thing to help you stay connected to the world of art education.
Before you get too far into creating an Instagram account, you may want to check with your administration to make sure there aren’t any specific restrictions with having a teacher Instagram page. With so many benefits with Instagram, it’s not usually an issue, but it’s always good to check. You’ll also want to check your school’s specific student sharing permissions to protect the identity of your artists.
You’ll need to start by downloading the Instagram app and creating an account. Have fun and get creative with your profile name and picture. Find a fun username using this tool or this tool. Think of something bold and representative of you and your classroom vibe.
Create your first post. An introduction to who you are, what your teaching environment looks like, or an image of your favorite student project are all great ideas for your first post. Don’t be afraid to brighten the image up a bit by adding a photo filter. Clean, clear, and bright images tend to be best on the Instagram platform.
One of the most amazing things about Instagram is connecting with people, sharing ideas, and following along with people you admire. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you start, it is easy to keep going. Start by following @theartofed on Instagram, other art teachers you admire, current artists such as these twenty inspiring artists to follow on Instagram, other inspirational educators, and numerous other awesome accounts you might discover. You can also follow the hashtags of themes that might interest you like #artteachersofinstagram and #arteducation to stay up-to-date on all the latest.
Once you set up your profile, Instagram will also offer suggestions of people you should follow. Filling your Instagram feed with positive and inspirational artists, teachers, and individuals is a great way to get started. Just remember, you are seeing everyone’s highlights reel. Be careful not to succumb to art teacher comparison and focus on enjoying the connection and positivity of having an art teacher Instagram account.
Everyone loves a positive message. One way to show you love what others are doing is by commenting or messaging another Instagram user. Don’t be afraid to reach out with a kind word or quick question. Be sure to keep your interaction positive and polite while also respecting the time someone might take to respond to your message or comment.
Share posts from your classroom, a drying rack full of projects, lessons your students have done, a beautifully messy art sink, art show exhibits, and more! Sharing art content is an excellent advocacy tool for your art department. Since Instagram is such a visual platform, it lends itself perfectly to sharing beautiful images. As art teachers, we are surrounded by beautiful images daily.
You can also share content with your Instagram story, which disappears from view within twenty-four hours, unlike posts on your feed, which stay forever. Instagram stories are a great way to share your daily routine, questions you have, a quick story, or works in progress.
One of the best features of Instagram is that you can save posts you love for later reference, essentially creating saved “boards” similar to Pinterest. When you see a post in your feed you want to save, simply tap and hold the little flag icon in the bottom right corner and add it to a saved folder.
You can also create highlights on your profile, which are especially helpful when documenting something important, like your art show or the process of a favorite lesson.
Creating an art teacher Instagram to connect might just be the extra support you’ve been looking for. In a world where positive connections are a human need, try starting an art teacher Instagram to begin your adventure.
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