Visual Arts

Katherine Katz
BS ED Art Education from Northern Illinois University
MS in Education and Technology from American College of Education

Kelli Meserole

Associates in Arts from Kishwaukee College
BS ED Art Education from Northern Illinois University
MS in Education from Northern Illinois University


Mission:

The Art Department believes that the ability to see, process, and record is an integral part of visual arts education. The arts relate to all aspects of life, from what we see to how we process information. We believe that every person possesses the ability to be creative. Our program builds on natural creativity and provides the resources to expand students’ knowledge and problem solving skills.

Art making is about discovery and exploration. We are so excited for all middle schoolers to have a chance to dive into new materials and find a voice through creation. It is going to be a great year!


Sixth Grade
The Sixth Grade art classes will explore multiple medias throughout the 9 weeks. Students will experience art making with ceramics and watercolor painting, as well as realistic drawing. Students will study the elements of art and understand how to use them in a work of art. Students will also gain knowledge of new artists throughout the quarter.

Seventh Grade
The Seventh Grade art classes will study realism and sculpture through the mediums of drawing and ceramics, as well as being able to try printmaking. Students will build upon their existing skills and techniques they have previously learned, in addition to learning the principles of art and how to use and identify them in a work of art. Students will also gain exposure to new artists and new art making techniques.

Eighth Grade
The Eighth Grade art classes will focus on expanding their knowledge of painting and sculpture, through ceramics and diverse sculpture media. Students will create an understanding of concept, symbolism, and meaning through art making.