About Art & Language Arts Online

October 5th, 2010

This blog is for current and past teachers of the Getty Museum’s Art & Language Arts program. Art & Language Arts teachers are invited to use the blog to share ideas for art and arts-integrated lessons and activities.

Please read the following guidelines before posting to or commenting on this blog.


Who can post to Art & Language Arts Online?
Art & Language Arts Online is designed for elementary school teachers who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in the Getty’s Art & Language Arts program. To register, e-mail teacherblog@getty.edu and tell us your name and what username you would like to appear on your posts. We’ll set up your account and send you a password.

Who can comment on posts to Art & Language Arts Online?
Anyone can comment. The first time you comment, your comment must be approved by J. Paul Getty Trust staff. After your first comment is approved, you can post comments without pre-approval. When a comment is made on one of your posts, you will receive an e-mail alert.

How do you post to Art & Language Arts Online?
Find out how to post to this blog using these instructions.

Appropriate Posts and Comments
Posts and comments should be civil and professional in tone, and be related to topics of art education, teaching, and the arts in general. For example, postings about the following areas are appropriate:

  • Art lessons
  • Arts-integrated language arts lessons
  • Art-making activities
  • Art supplies
  • Art history
  • Useful art-related Web sites
  • K–5 teaching
  • Teacher resources on the Web
  • Museum resources
  • Professional development for teachers

Inappropriate Posts and Comments
Please refrain from posting the following:

  • Commercial advertisements, spam, or solicitations
  • Topics generally irrelevant to the interests of this community
  • Personal criticism of any individuals
  • Personal or confidential information about others
  • Content that includes copyrighted information, unless permission to reproduce is obtained
  • Material that contains profanity or is unlawful, abusive, or obscene

Add Your Post to a Category
Choose a category for your post. This helps other teachers find your post under a relevant topic. Categories are broad areas of interest within the blog’s topic. For example, a post about a papier-maché sculpture activity may be categorized under the broad topic of “Art-making activities.”

Create Tags for Your Posts
Consider creating tags for your post that describe its content more specifically than the general category does. This helps other teachers easily find and search for specific topics of interest. For example, a post about a papier-maché sculpture activity may be tagged with words like “sculpture” “papier-maché” and “activity.”  Examples of other appropriate tags include “sculpture,” “print-making,” “illuminated manuscripts,” “visual arts standards.”

For Your Own Security
Be aware that the content of messages posted to Art & Language Arts Online is publicly available on the Internet. Anyone can view and comment on this content. For this reason, please do not include information of a personal or sensitive nature in your posts or comments, such as e-mail addresses.

Posting Images—Do’s and Dont’s
If you do not adhere to the following guidelines for images, we may need to remove an image from your post.


  • Do post images created by you of individuals who have given you permission to capture and publish their image, or of works of art by individuals who have given you permission to publish an image of the works.
  • Do post images with Creative Commons licenses, along with attribution to the creator/s. Read more about Creative Commons licenses.
  • Do obtain permission from the copyright holder of an image, if applicable. Send documentation of permission to us at teacherblog@getty.edu. Keep in mind that there may be additional copyright holders besides the photographer, especially if there is a work of art in the image. If you post an image found elsewhere on the Web, the copyright holder may be different than the site displaying the image.
  • Do make sure images are properly credited, citing the source, the name of the maker, the correct title, and copyright (if applicable). If the image you’re posting was found on the Internet, link back to original source of the image.


  • Don’t post copyrighted images without permission. If you’re unsure whether an image is copyrighted or do not know who owns the copyright to an image, it’s better not to post the image at all.
  • Don’t post images of children under the age of 18 without written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Don’t post images that include any sculptures in the Stark Collection of Modern Outdoor Sculpture on view at the Getty Center.
  • Don’t post images that include the painting Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 by James Ensor.
  • Don’t post images that include 20th and 21st century photographs in the Getty Museum’s collection unless you have prior approval from Getty staff.
  • Don’t post images of individuals who have not given you permission to take their photograph.

Quoting Other Publications
When quoting any other blog or publication, be sure to link to the original (if possible) and use quotation marks or blockquotes (for longer texts).

If you want to write about your colleagues or their ideas, get permission before writing about them.

Federal laws protecting the privacy of children under the age of 13 in online environments are much stronger than online privacy laws for adults. For this reason, please do not post images of or personal information about children without written permission from a parent or legal guardian. For more information, read about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Please note that Art & Language Arts Online is not moderated. This means that no one reads or edits your posts in any way before your posts are viewable on the blog. The J. Paul Getty Trust cannot verify the accuracy or truth of the content of messages posted to Art & Language Arts Online, or be held accountable for message content. You are responsible for the content of your postings; however, staff of the J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to delete inappropriate posts, images, files, and comments. Please note: We may discontinue our blogs at any time. We do not have the ability to remove comments upon your request. By submitting comments, you acknowledge that they will be posted immediately on the World Wide Web. For more information, please read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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