January 17, 2014 //

Any kid is a fire that just needs to be lit! Gail Wolf starts the spark with St. Elizabeth students

Take a look at how these students learned about the role of the individual in creating vibrant communities, and displayed their ideas in vivid visual art. Gail Wolf‘s students at St. Elizabeth School in Bronzeville created an amazing exhibition reflecting important values about family and community. Students from grades 1, 2, and 4 were asked …

December 9, 2013 //

The power of Banksy street art

Many of us have probably heard of Banksy in one context or another. It is impossible to read art news without stumbling over at least one article about this graffiti artist who is famous for addressing political, social, and moral issues through his paintings. The enormous amount of satire in his street art brings our …

November 25, 2013 //

Our Top 4 Chicago Arts Experiences, Holiday Season 2013

The holiday season is upon us and many of us are thinking about the best and the most memorable way to spend it. Living in Chicago gives us a great number of opportunities to get into holiday spirit and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Musicals, plays, performances, and concerts are specifically tailored to …

November 13, 2013 //

Is It More Than a Picture?

This week, we’ll take a look at an artistic discipline that our students use, that we use to document our students, and that you probably use more frequently than you even realize, whether with a professional camera or on your phone: Photography. What makes photography so special? Photography is a unique and accurate way to …

October 18, 2013 //

Bridging the Digital Divide

Many of us take the internet service we have at work, home, or school for granted. We are so used to having it available almost everywhere we go that we forget it is still considered a luxury for some people, even within our own country. Many underserved areas’ schools, coffee shops, and other public facilities …

October 2, 2013 //

Art doesn’t have to be perfect…

When we look at a painting, most of us try to find patterns, organize the idea in our mind, and give a structure to lines and colors. In many art schools, children are taught to follow specific rules while painting; create a mental image, and then carry it over onto the piece of paper as …

September 18, 2013 //

The importance of learning social and emotional skills

For a very long time emotional intelligence in kids was overlooked by educators and educational institutions. In 2003 the State of Illinois passed a bill to add “social and emotional learning” to school curricula. Schools all over Chicago started implementing programs to create and develop social and emotional skills in children, for example, how to …

September 9, 2013 //

When art meets science

Who knew that art and science can become a powerful force when combined together?! John Sabraw, a professor and artist from Ohio, came up with a unique way to raise awareness of the pollution situation in his state. Sabraw decided to produce his own pigments from iron runoff which was accumulating in the Ohio River …

August 27, 2013 //

How Dancing Changes Lives

After reading this article in the New York Times, I was amazed to see how effective engagement of troubled youth in dancing can be. A dance program called “Dance United” was developed 7 years ago in Great Britain to help school dropouts and young criminals get back on track with their lives. The program focuses …

August 15, 2013 //

Can your taste in art reveal your personality?

Picasso once said: “There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who…transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Many artists and psychologists debate whether a person’s personality determines his/her taste in art. When we see a piece of art that catches our attention on a street, in a …