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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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” …

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 …