Students, parents, family and friends: welcome back for another fabulous year of creativity and learning! I am so excited for what’s in store for this upcoming school year! This summer I put a lot of time and energy into developing an amazing curriculum for the HT students. I feel very confident that the students and I will have a wonderful, artistic journey this school year.
There will be an email going out soon informing you all of a few good “Things to Know”, so please be on the lookout…
A few bullet points of that email will include:
- My new last name
- Sketchbook policy
- Portfolio system
- how long it typically takes to create an art work
- dates that art will be sent home
As always, I am thrilled to be working with your children and am super appreciative of all the support! Can’t wait to CREATE!!
….here’s a few pics of Kindergarten [KC] on their first day in the art classroom…
I would love to introduce myself as the new art teacher for Hillel Torah Day School – my name is Ms. Calleros. A little bit about myself:
- I have been teaching art for 10 years now: beginning at age 19 in local art centers and my last 5 years being in Chicago
- I am a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- I am also a Chicago native
- my favorite art practice is darkroom photography
- my favorite painter is Henri Matisse
- my favorite color is purple
Of course there is plenty more but I will save that for the classroom and over the course of the school year as I get to know the students, faculty and parents 🙂
My expectations for the children is that they have as much fun possible creating art in a controlled and nurturing environment. I love for my students to be prepared, present, and participating! And by present – I mean physically and mentally 😉 I understand that some may not be as artistically inclined as others, however I expect everyone to at least try their hardest. Practice does make perfect and believe it or not – I have had many students during my career that went from disliking art and believing they weren’t good….to absolutely LOVING it!!
One of my favorite topics in art is the “Self – Portrait” and parents normally love this as well because let’s face it – our children grow…FAST and it’s always incredible to have an artwork that your child made of themselves. With that being said I will begin the school year by taking a photograph of your child so that we we may use it throughout the school year whenever we work on self-portrait projects.
I am excited for the road ahead of us and I am sure that we all have a wonderful, creative experience this year! I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you!