Creating a TeachArt Wiki Entry
  1. After becoming a member of TeachArt Wiki (refer to How to Join TeachArt Wiki), go directly to the TeachArt Wiki Web site. Click on the Sign In hyperlink located at top of a TeachArt Wiki page to sign in to TeachArt Wiki.
  2. To create a new TeachArt Wiki entry, click on New Page at the upper-left of any page and type a name for your new page/entry and appropriate tags*.
  3. Type directly in the content area. After you finish creating the content, i.e., typing text, inserting images, hyperlinks and endnotes, proofread the content and then click Save. After you click Save you can still revise (edit) your page and save it again.

Add Appropriate Tags. When you create a new page it must include one of the following text tags that identifies the artwork’s place of origin. This will allow your entry to be listed in the Table of Contents. The “tag text” box is located below the page Title. Simply type in the appropriate tag (do not include quotation marks) then click Save. After a page is created, to add or edit the tags associated with a page, move your cursor over the Page tab and select "Tags and Details" to access the tags.
  • For Africa use "African artist"
  • For Native America use "Native American artist"
  • For USA use "USA artist" (other than Native American artists)
  • For Canada use “Canadian artist” (other than Native American/First Nation artists)
  • For Central America/Mesoamerica use "Central American artist" (includes Mexico)
  • For South America use "South American artist"
  • For China use "Chinese artist"
  • For Japan use "Japanese artist"
  • For Korea use "Korean artist"
  • For South Asia use "South Asian artist" (This includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka)
  • For Southeast Asia use "Southeast Asian artist" (This includes Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, and Laos)
  • For Himalaya use "Himalayan artist" (This includes Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and related regions)
  • For Central Asia use "Central Asian" (This includes Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and western parts of the People's Republic of China such as Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, and related regions)
  • For Middle East use "Middle Eastern artist"
  • For Europe use "European artist"
  • For Pacific Islands use "Pacific artist" (This includes Islands of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia)
  • For Australia use "Australian artist"

*To help all TeachArt Wiki users easily find the entry s/he is looking for, in addition to the place of origin tag, all entries need to be tagged with appropriate key words such as artist name (full name), artwork title, art medium(s)/form(s) (e.g., watercolor, installation, sculpture, ink painting, Byobu, etc.), style (e.g., Pop Art, Northern Song landscape painting, etc.), subject/theme/key concept (e.g., identity, community, kimo kawaii, season celebrations, New Year, Yoroboshi, Noh play, etc.), and grade level (i.e., elementary, middle, or high school). When you edit or write content/art lesson for an entry, check to see whether it has all necessary tags. If it does not, add the missing tags.

Please Note: TeachArt Wiki automatically saves the draft of the entry you are working on. In the case of browser problem, when you click on Edit This Page to reenter the edit mode of the page that you were working on, TeachArt Wiki will ask you whether you would like to recover your draft.

Formatting Your Text Content, Insert a Link, and Insert an Image/File
It is important to have visual consistency across TeachArt Wiki entries. TeachArt Wiki members are asked to follow the formatting guidelines below. It is best to type the text content directly in TeachArt Wiki. If you type in a word processing software such as Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the content onto a TeachArt Wiki page, you may run into formatting issues.

After you finish typing the text content of a new page in TeachArt Wiki, you will then format the text content and insert hyperlinks and images/files in TeachArt Wiki.
  • Separate paragraphs with a blank line
  • Format section headings
    • Highlight the section heading text and then select the Bold button from the Visual Editor tool bar.
  • Format number or bullet list
    • Select the list and click the Ordered (number) List/Unordered (bullet) List button on the Visual Editor tool bar.
  • Insert a special character
    • Place the cursor where you want to insert a special character.
    • Click on the Insert Special Character button.
    • Click on a special character to insert it.
  • Insert a link
    • Highlight the words and click Insert Link button on the Visual Editor tool bar
    • To link to another TeachArt Wiki page, click on Choose an existing page link under the Page Name text box and then select a page from the Page Name dropdown menu. Click OK.
    • To link to a Web page outside of Wikispaces, click on the External Link button and then type the web address in the Address text box. Click OK.
  • Remove a link
    • Highlight the words of a link and click Remove Link button on the Visual Editor tool bar
  • Insert an image (e.g., jpg, gif, png, or pdf), a media file (e.g., mov, avi, or mp3), or other file (e.g., ppt or exl) --- If you insert an image make sure to follow the TeachArt Wiki image use policy . To avoid copyright infringement on this site images that are not approved for use by their owners or lack the appropriate Creative Commons license should not be used. If an image is used the source should be credited with a clickable link to its source.
  • ** Place the cursor where you want to insert an image, a media file, or other file
    • Click on the Insert Images and Files button
    • To insert an image, media, or file located on your disc, first, under the Upload New File heading, click Browse and then click the Upload button. The image, media, or file will appear under the Insert a File heading. Double click on the image, media, or file to insert it.
    • To insert an image from a website, first, locate the image on the Web, right click on the image (if you don’t have a two-button mouse or touch pad, hold down Ctrl and click your mouse or touch pad), and select Copy Image Location. Go to TeachArt Wiki, click on the Insert Images and Files button, under Insert External Image by URL heading, paste the image location to the load text field and then click the Load button. The image will appear under Insert External Image by URL heading. Double click on the image to insert it. *Do not infringe on the copyrights of others by inserting images without the permission of their owners. Do not use the study images without the permission of the instructor or images scanned from books or journals. Instead locate images on the web that are in public domain and credit your source.

Crediting an Image Source
An image caption and source are required for all images used in the TeachArt Wiki. This should be located on the line beneath the image. It should include the following information:
  • Description or Title: The subject of the image or the title of an artwork.
  • Source: The copyright holder of the image or URL of the web page the image came from. It is a good practice to cite the Web page that contains the image rather the image itself.
  • Date and location (If known): the date and where the image was created.
  • Author: The image creator, especially if different from the copyright holder.

Citing Document Sources**
TeachArt Wiki requires citations that use an inline author-date and page (for printed publication) form of parenthetical referencing. The citation will be inserted at the end of a sentence or quote and look like: (Author last name, 2006, p. 28). At the bottom of your entry, create a “Reference” section that contains the full citations (in APA or Chicago style) for all the references cited in the entry in alphabetical order.

Example (a fictional page):
Art should be a required component of all undergraduate education programs (Welton, 2006). Further, others have argued that the “visual arts should be taught as a separate course and not combined with music or other arts disciplines” (Smith, 2009, p. 12). Many education programs have adopted this approach…

References (in APA style)
Roland, C. (2005). The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications.

References (in Chicago style)
Eagle, Steve. Life of Swoop. Ypsilanti: Eastern Press, 2003.