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School Arts Writer's Guidelines
Get Published in SchoolArts Magazine!
Click here to download the Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Have you found useful lesson ideas and teaching advice in SchoolArts?
  • Did you know that articles in SchoolArts are written by art teachers just like you?
  • Your ideas and advice are valuable to your peers throughout the world!
Impress Your Peers
As a published author, your principal and fellow teachers will take notice. Your article will be a valuable addition to your portfolio (a great help in employment and grant applications). You will receive an honorarium upon publication, up to six copies of the magazine, and a free 1-year subscription! Imagine your student’s work on the cover of SchoolArts reaching thousands of art educators throughout the world.

SchoolArts wants you to share your:
  • successful lessons
  • areas of concern
  • approaches to teaching art
Each issue of the volume year revolves around a theme that focuses on the human side of the studio art projects, i.e., story, play, meaning. The editor determines which issue/theme is the best fit for your article, so don’t worry about fitting a theme. It is more important to be passionate about your lesson, idea, or concept.

Once you pick a topic, you can start 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 are trying to communicate.
  • What teachers need to know to effectively teach the lesson.
  • What problems a teacher might encounter.
When writing:
  • Use a conversational style.
  • Outline your ideas.
  • Focus your ideas.
  • Remember to include your name, title, school, and contact information in your text.
  • Keep it to less than 800 words.
  • Copy your text onto a CD.
Every great article needs great images.
Here are some tips on taking great photos:
  • Photograph the artwork on a neutral yet contrasting background. This is especially important when photographing three-dimensional artwork.
  • Leave space around the artwork/subject. Do not overfill the frame.
  • Keep the artwork/subject out of dark shadows or bright sunlight.
  • Avoid glare and do not photograph laminated artwork.
SchoolArts accepts high-resolution (300 pixels per inch or higher) digital photographs.

When taking digital photographs:
  • Make sure your digital camera is on the “Best” setting.
For example, if you have a 1.5 megapixel camera and use the “Best” setting, the largest your photo will be is 4 x 6", which is great for an article. However, if you want your photos to be considered for a cover you need to use a camera that is at least 4 megapixels on the “Best” setting. A digital file must be at least 2 MB in size in order to be large enough for print publication.
  • Turn off the date mode on your camera.
  • Do not make adjustments to your photos with any photo editing software. SchoolArts will make sure that your photos look the best they possibly can.
We know you can take great photos. Here is what NOT to do.
Messy Bkgrnd   Cropped artwork and messy background.
Make sure the whole artwork is in the photo. Be careful not to crop. Also use a clean background with a contrasting color to the artwork.

Bad Lighting   Bad lighting, washed out by flash.
Be careful when using a flash, try to set up the artwork in an evenly lit environment, then you won’t have overexposed areas and very dark areas.


Submitting your article:

By mail: Load the photos on your computer and save them on a CD, DVD, or thumb drive, along with your article text (.doc or .docx files preferred). You can also have the photos put on a CD for you at your local photo-developing center. Mail your digital article text and photos on a CD, along with signed permission forms to: SchoolArts Magazine, Article Submissions, 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608.


By e-mail: Articles may be submitted by e-mail to We highly recommend that you submit your text and images through our Hightail drop box at Alternatively, you may attach your text and high-resolution images to one e-mail. Note: Sending your submission in a single e-mail may limit the number of images you can send, and some e-mail programs will compress large attachments.

SchoolArts wants to make sure your students get the credit they deserve, so make sure to send captions for each photo (include student’s name, grade level, and any relevant information).

SchoolArts will respond within 2 –4 months. Accepted articles are usually published within 24 months.

Click here for a reproducible permission form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SchoolArts strongly discourages the unprofessional practice of simultaneously submitting the same materials to more than one publication.

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