First Day of Art Class 08/27/15

The first day of art was awesome!  I taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade.  The students have overall been very sweet and welcoming.  Our school year is destined for greatness.

Grades K-2 are getting to play with clay this week.  In the past, this has been my reward for well-behaved classes but I figured it would be nice to start the school year off with this project so they may see what kind of treats are in store for this year in art.  Needless to say the little ones LOVED it…

Jack and Aaron working diligently
Skyler showing off her creation
Meira and Levia adding texture to their clay creations
Mia working hard
Aaron showing off his clay creation!
Benjamin and Yair collaborated!
Orli is VERY focused!


And 4th, 5th, and 8th grade created self-portraits.  We tried to create the features that make us unique whether it’s birthmarks, eye wear, braces, etc.  They did a very nice job and most of them tried very hard!

Ray and Matanel showing off their work
Noam is very gifted!
Micah did a GREAT job
Micah and Yakira are very focused
Josh and Lirit making great work
Loving Milo’s nametag and his portrait!
Gabriel did a great job

The Exciting New Road Ahead of Us!

Greetings all!

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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.

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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!

-Ms. Calleros