Archive for April, 2013

sameeraMay is Asthma Awareness Month and the EPA would like to invite 3rd-8th graders in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin to participate in the Asthma Awareness Poster Contest – See attached Asthma Poster

The purpose of the poster contest is to promote asthma awareness among children, parents and school faculty. Students can show what they know about this chronic condition that affects more than 25 million Americans.

Students will create a drawing or painting that illustrates different aspects of the condition. Possible poster topics include, but are not limited to: good asthma control and management, avoiding asthma triggers, physical activity and asthma, asthma and the environment, and asthma medication. Entries must be no larger than 11×17 and must be flat (i.e., no 3-dimensional projects).

There will be two categories: 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition – For more information, see Mrs. Matt or visit

All entries must be received by Wednesday, May 8, 2013!

6th grade students studied artist, author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( and his book ‘The Z was Zapped’ which is a delightful alphabet book in the form of a play in twenty-six acts, performed by the brave and self-sacrificing letters. With the help of Westfield Librarian Mrs. Siegert, student then learned about alliteration and personification in order to create their own illuminated letter.

View all of the students’ Alphabet creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4:  April 22nd 2013, Taught Rotation 3: January 25th 2013, Taught Rotation 3: February 1st 2011

8th grade students in the Larger then Life Showcase class studied artist Claes Oldenburg ( in order to make enlarge objects. Students first had to bring an object from home which they could measure and draw. Student then formed groups and picked one of their drawings to actually make using  cardboard. After the objects were created, students painted them to look like the original object.

View all of these students’ abstract color field textured creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 22nd 2013, Taught Rotation 2:  November 14th 2011, Taught Rotation 5: April 11th 2011

Just like any economic sector, the arts industry needs policies and incentives to thrive. We need a statewide strategy to strengthen our artists and creative enterprises.

That’s why we at the Arts Alliance Illinois, have launched Make Art Work. At the core of this campaign are principles that lay the foundation for forward-leaning policies and incentives that will grow arts jobs, foster innovation in the workforce, and fortify our communities through the arts.

The nonprofit arts are a $2.75 billion industry in Illinois

Illinois’ arts and cultural organizations don’t just entertain, inspire, and educate. They also improve the Illinois economy. In 2010, arts organizations and their audiences pumped more than $2.75 billion into the Illinois economy. Virtually all of those dollars benefited local economies, workers, and entrepreneurs.

In Illinois nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences support 78,000 jobs

For the show to go on, arts organizations don’t just hire artistic directors, performers, and curators. They need sound technicians, electricians, costume designers, carpenters, and the many other skilled workers that bring productions to life. Not to mention the administrators and other support staff every organization employs to be successful.

Individuals working in the arts industry aren’t the only ones who benefit. From babysitters to parking garage owners, wait staff and chefs to neighborhood shopkeepers—all see revenues increase when a community offers cultural experiences.

Click here to urge your state representative and state senator to show their support for the arts by endorsing the Make Art Work principles. It only takes two minutes to take action for the Arts!

8th grade students in the Printmaking Showcase class revisited what it means to make a linocut in Printmaking. Linocut is a form of relief printing. A design is carved into a piece of linoleum that is then inked with a brayer, and a print is made by placing a sheet of paper on top so that the ink transfers to the paper. Students were able to create their own 2-4 stage linoleum cut prints of and image as long as it had a background of some sort and filled the entire block.

View all of these students’ printed linoleum cut creations on Artsonia at: and their black and white versions at

Taught Rotation 4: April 15th 2013

Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest is held on the first Saturday following Labor Day every year. The fest is kicked-off with parade through Bloomingdale that finishes in OldTownPark where there is a variety of food and vendor booths and musical entertainment, and a car show.


In honor of this year being Bloomingdale’s 40th annual Septemberfest, Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest Commission is looking for a new Septemberfest Logo. Considering such, they are hosting an all ages Septemberfest Logo Design Contest.

The new Septemberfest Logo can either be Black & White or Color and should fill the page. Possible Logo Themes are Bloomingdale, Fall, Harvest, Charity, Character, Scholarship, 40th, etc.

 All Logo entries will be displayed at this year’s Septemberfest. The winning Logo will receive a $250 cash prize from Firehouse Networks, Inc and will be appearing on all Septemberfest materials, including T-shirts, banners, signs, websites, etc. Please note that the winning design will become property of Septemberfest however the designer will be formally acknowledged.

All Logos entries should be completed on the back of this Septemberfest Logo Contest form and are due to Mrs. Matt by April 26th 2013

7th grade students learned about how artist create things to sell on the popular site Student then mimicked an artist who created leather animal key chains by making their own felt animals. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 8th 2013, Taught Rotation 3: February 14th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: December 10th 2012, Taught Rotation 1: September 19th 2012

7th grade students studied Surrealist ( artist Rene Magritte ( and his famous painting ‘The Son of Man’ (, as well as the concept of parodies in order to create their own comical ‘Son of Man’ parody.

View all the students’ artistic parodies on Artsonia at:


Taught Rotation 4: April 1st 2013, Taught Rotation 3: January 22nd 2013, Taught Rotation 2: December 15th 2012, Taught Rotation 1: September 11th 2012.

8th grade students who signed up for the Showcase class Drawing were able to an independent drawing project on whatever subject matter they desired and were able to the drawing/coloring materials of their choice.

View all of the students’ drawings creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 1st 2103, Taught Rotation 5: April 12th 2102