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Lets get uploading!

October 20, 2017 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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We've started our weekly posts to Twitter and Facebook posts, so do Follow and/or Like us.

  • Pic of the Week - our favourite image uploaded to this site
  • Tip of the Week - inspiring and useful advise for students from last year's artists

So, you maybe next week's 'Pic of the Week' if you get uploading

What you need in your profile...

  • Your mugshot (so students recognise you when you're working)
  • Your 'About me' text (you've already written the text we need in your application form) 
  • At least one image of your work into an album so students can see what you do
Looking forward to seeing more of your images
Wendy

Welcome to the 19th year of AA2A schemes

October 10, 2017 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

We're sorry the site looks a bit blank at the moment. We're changing the year over and are starting to register our new artists, who will be uploading their statements, mugshots etc very soon.  Keep visiting the 'Dotbiz' home page to see what's new and do use the site to keep in touch with each other. I want to thanks all last year's Artists and our AA2A Student Reps who blogged, uploaded images and posted exhibitions.  It's great to see the site so well used.   I hope you all have a good experience on AA2A this year.

All for now, Wendy (AA2A National Director)

Work in progress!

December 9, 2016 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

Hi everyone, Its great to see so many see 'Work in progress' albums posted on the site. As a maker myself, I always find them the most interesting.

Talking of  'Work in progress', we've finished our first (mainly visual) adjustments to this site and we're pleased with the result.  

We get a huge amount of traffic on our sites, especially as we're primarily here to enable you to network with other artists and students.  So, we hope to capitalize on this, by featuring chosen images on all the pages of our other site (www.aa2a.org), with links back to your Dotbiz webpages. We'll be asking you before using any of your images and it will be next year before we get it finished.  

As ever, do let us know if you're having any problems with your scheme which we might be able to help with.

Wendy

Changes to visual layout of 'Dotbiz' site

November 21, 2016 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

We're a mean lot at AA2A!  Where some organisations have an expensive website built for them, we've always used 'Open source' software and employed clever techy people to adapt it for us.  Although Dotbiz can be a bit clunky, this approach has saved us a fortune over the years. However it was starting to look a bit dated.  Our current 'Web Guru' Robin will be trying out some of our ideas for visual improvements over the next few weeks, so you may see a few changes, some of which we'll keep. We won't move things around too much as we know that our dyslexic artists in particular, find that an real headache. The biggest change you'll notice is that we're looking at a different version of the 'sidebar' (on the left hand side of the homepage) because it can really slow down the loading of the page.  

Wish us luck and do let us know if something looks awful e.g. overlapping text, images etc

Welcome to AA2A 'Dotbiz' networking site

October 6, 2016 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

We're sorry the site looks a bit blank at the moment. We're changing the year over and are registering our new artists, who will be uploading their statements, mugshots etc very soon.  Keep visiting the Dotbiz home page to see what's new and do use the site to keep in touch with each other. I want to thanks all last year's Artists and our AA2A Student Reps who blogged, uploaded images and posted exhibitions.  It's great to see the site so well used.   I hope you all have a good experience on AA2A in its 18th year.

All for now, Wendy (AA2A National Director)

Pic of the Week: Melanie Milne, Staffs Uni (plus Tip of the Week & funding news)...

July 25, 2014 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Staffordshire University's AA2A artist Melanie Milne's experimental print  'Mr. Ostrich'

 

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks):

'Aim to continue growing as a creative - learn new skills, meet new people & institutions & push yourself.'    Ralph Overill  AA2A artist at Chelmsford College (2013-14)  

Other news:

We're delighted to announce that we've been successful in our application for funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Lottery fund. This will allow us to continue running and developing AA2A. This year we will be piloting 'AA2A Plus' - a collaboration between York Museums Trust and York College, which will give two of their artists the opportunity to work with the Trust's collection and get 10 days paid work as well.

Welcome (& how to set up your profile page)

October 18, 2013 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Welcome to AA2A.   Its great to be starting a new AA2A year, even though its very hectic here, as we try to get all of you registered on the site and fill the last few late places on the schemes.

Please can you upload an image of yourself so that students can recognise you when you're in the college.  Also could you please fill in the 'About me' section of your profile page with the text you wrote in Question 14 of your application form ('Image and accompanying information for the website').  Let us or your college know if you have problems with this.

Do have a look at our training videos 'Getting started' and 'Uploading images and blogs'.  These are only about 8 minutes long and can be found in the Artists training area of our parallel website AA2A.org  http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

More than anything, we hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.

All for now,  

Wendy

Help blog on correcting ordering in fields

October 29, 2012 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A folk,  here's some advice on correcting the ordering in your 'Skills' & 'Influences' etc

So, if your list appears backwards, here's what should work (although it may vary in different browsers).Go into 'Edit'.... don't alter anything (even though they are in the reverse order) 'Save' again and they are then shown correctly.  

This quirk is because in social networking sites, fields are often designed to show the most recent update first - but, obviously when you want a fixed order, this causes conflict. 

The alternative to this would be separating the items with a hyphen instead of a comma e.g 'art - ceramics - design'.  

 Unfortunately the only thing we haven’t worked out is what to do if you get stuck with an unwanted capital letter!

 Hope this helps

Wendy

How to put images in a blog

October 23, 2012 by Wendy Mason   Comments (1)

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If you want to put images in your blog rather than create an image album, here are a few tips.

  • First the image must exist on a website somewhere so you can link to it.  You could upload to an image album on this site first (that way it will appear on the home page as well)
  • Make a note of the 'url' of the image (not the webpage). You can find this by hovering over the image or right clicking with your mouse to get to a menu with something like 'Copy image address' 
  • Write your blog and when you want to include your image move your cursor to where you want it to appear and click on the colour icon of a tree in the bar at the top of the window and a small 'Dialogue' box appears
  • Put the 'url' in as requested and select INSERT to 'embed' your image in the blog.  You may not see anything appear until you select Publish (on the left of the page).
  • If you want to play about with the settings in the Dialogue box, eg.to choose the size of image and where it appears in the blog, you can keep the 'Access' setting as Private to start with ie. Publish your first try, then go into the Edit function until you're happy with the result and then change to Public ....Good luck and let us know if this helps.

 

Welcome to AA2A

October 16, 2012 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Hi new AA2A artists, Its great to see that mugshots and profiles are already appearing in our first 24 hours of registration. If you need a little help with what to do next, have a look at our 8 minute video tutorial which we've made to take you through the basics of setting up your page, passwords, changing your settings etc  http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

We really hope you enjoy your AA2A scheme and are able to make the most of the opportunity and this networking website

Wendy and Georgia (the AA2A Team)