Category Archives: Programs

Stepping Stones

Summer was a whirlwind at ArtReach! In late July and early August, ArtReach Teaching Artist Rochelle Borrett, a practicing artist and arts educator for more than 20 years, made mosaic stepping stones with a group of students from Teamwork Englewood. Teamwork Englewood is an organization dedicated to unifying organizations that serve the Englewood community in order to build a stronger local community. Here are bite-sized samples of their creations…

Fine Fine Art at AGC

This summer, students at the Academy for Global Citizenship had the opportunity to curate their very own works of art. The school grounds – both inside and out – was decorated with pinatas, mobiles, portraits, paintings, collages, and much more. With the guidance of Jenni Schneiderman and ArtReach teaching artists John Dickson, Aaron Schleichkorn, Meaghan Burritt and Mary Drabik, the young artists put up a spectacular display of creative expression.

        

The Fellowship House

Last month, ArtReach teaching artists Judy Huppert and Melissa Leandro led a ceramics workshop with Chicago Youth Centers at The Fellowship House.  Fitting well with the mission of ArtReach to bring art experiences and resources to under-served communities throughout Chicago, CYC Fellowship House in Bridgeport “is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income, at-risk children and teens through a variety of innovative and effective programs—from early childhood education to and through college.” As Chicago’s largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization, CYC does important work at its 8 neighborhood centers on the South and West Sides of Chicago. Here are some snapshots of the students’ brilliant work and the inspiring space of The Fellowship House.

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Young Visionaries

Last Thursday, ArtReach had the opportunity to witness the works of future architects and visionaries at McPherson Elementary School. ArtReach teaching artist, Elena Rakochy, gave new and recycled materials to students in the after-school art class and asked them to build – a building, a city, a scenery,…anything their imaginations could fathom. Here’s a preview of what this talented group of students came up with…

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Mosaics at Friedman Place

Since October of last year, ArtReach has had the opportunity to bring art experiences to the residents of Friedman place. With the guidance of art therapist and ArtReach teaching artist, Ashley Ausikaitis, the residents of Friedman Place have been working on a collaborative mosaic tile project. As an assisted lifestyle community for blind or visually impaired adults, Friedman Place strives to provide health, dignity, and stimulation to all its residents through various activities. In line with their mission, art workshops provided by ArtReach help to promote self-determination and independence in the residents. In addition, working on a group project allows residents to interact with others in the community. Stay tuned for photographs of the final piece!

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Spring Break at Lillstreet

As part of their Spring Break camp, students from the Ravenswood School dropped in Lillstreet Art Center for a tour of the facility and an hour-long clay class taught by ArtReach teaching artist, Elena Rakochy. The first group of students were an eager bunch of 3rd and 4th grade students. Elena demonstrated how to build a pencil holder using red clay. She then showed the students how to decorate their creations using colorful underglazes. The students’ pencil holders were unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Some had octopus arms and eyes hanging on the sides, while others had spirals and sunshine painted on them. One student even disguised her pencil holder as a mug.

Since the second group of students were much younger than the first, Elena decided to show them how to make landscapes with clay. The young students were eager to make clay animals, trees, humans, fire and even volcanos! The tool of the day was undoubtedly the grass maker – a pressing tool which shaped clay into spaghetti-like strands. The students could not wait to get their hands on this popular device and make grass – or even noodles – with it!

 

 

 

Paint, Pencils and Pastels

Last Wednesday, the classrooms at the Academy for Global Citizenship bustled with students engaged in various art projects. The Kindergarten class learned how to make self-portraits using crayons and cut-outs. The First-graders had a course on drawing with pastels. The Second-graders learned about color-mixing and the variety of brush stroke movements. The Third-graders decided to take full advantage of the amazing weather and headed outdoors to sketch trees. With ArtReach teachers by their side their artistic skills are guaranteed to be in full bloom long before Spring comes around.

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From a larger-than-life butterfly to a sunrise rising over the hills to a rocket soaring in outer space, there is nothing that these students from the John C. Coonley Elementary School can’t create from fragments of colorful mosaic tiles. It’s amazing to see what a handful (or maybe two) of ceramic tiles, a little bit of adhesive mastic, a lot of imagination and a whole lot more patience can create! In a couple of weeks, the works of these artists-in-the-making will be proudly displayed at Coonley Elementary. We’ll keep you posted 🙂