MUNDELEIN – Mundelein School District 75 is teaching its students at a young at the value of art and writing. Carl Sandburg Middle School students are seeing the benefits of artistic talents and how they compliment and enhance other core subjects.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, a select group of students will showcase their work for the community in an annual Arts & Humanities Fair at Carl Sandburg. This event is a celebration that showcases student’s creative artistic efforts in the arts. Students in Extension Art will display individual exhibits that are a compilation of their year’s work and dedication to the arts. Students in humanities will present individual portfolios that include their selected work from the school year.
Many schools offer enrichment classes like Spanish or jazz band, which prepares them for high school. Carl Sandburg has created enrichment art and writing classes for students who want to challenge their talent in those areas.
“It’s very much like an independent study program that students might participate in at the high school or college level,” said Lilly Fischer, art teacher.
Students are given long-term projects in a variety of art mediums like pastels, sculptures, and ceramics. The class is designed to give students time to explore their craft, Fischer said. In addition to creating the art itself, students write reflective pieces about their work as well as the work of established artists, she said.
Student Julia Anderson, 13, said, "The thing about this class is that we get to go into detail and we're given a good amount of time to finish a project. It changes the quality of the work I do. I'm not rushed so I’m not as sloppy."
Student Kelsy Austwick, 14, said, "The writing class is not like everyday English where you write sentences and do grammar. We get a lot more freedom to write what we want and the class allows us to explore our creativity."