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As this years art sale has passed I’ll leave you behind my experience.

Informational meeting start in september.  Once you go to the first you have to apply to get into the holiday art sale.  There is a lottery to determine i you get in our not after a week of the turn in date of the application.  If you don’t get in right away you are put on a waiting list.  After you get accepted you have to attend 2-3 more mandatory meetings.  So if you plan to do the art sale make sure you will be dedicated to it. One meeting is about picking your space and how the art sale runs. The 2nd is how to price and sell your work. I myself this year sold paintings, prints, journals, pins, and a ceramic piece.  I made business cards for the occasion as well.  My pricing was a bit low, but that’s because I’m just generous with my work.

The popularity of artists wanting to be in the art sale and buyers of art have pushed the school to follow the holiday art sale with the spring art sale.

At each sale artist are told that they are paid 85% of their sales and 15% goes to the school to help the future art sales by renting tables, chairs, table clothes, the food at the pre-art sale.

If you want to see what are peers are up to artistically, want to meet people, make a name for yourself and want to make a quick buck for something you enjoy doing, I would recommend applying to the Spring and The Holiday art sale.


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There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz is about two boys growing up in the Henry Horner housing projects in Chicago. Although this book was published in the early 1990s, it still provides an accurate picture of what life is like for many Chicago children today. If you need to reignite your passion for teaching, children, or social justice over winter break, read this book. It’s even in the SAIC library! Call no: HQ792.U5 K683 1992

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I first came across this website back in Spring 2008 as part of my Thesis research topic. I liked the the site more after doing observations at Chicago Academy HS because one of the students was a big time young graffiti Artist. The art teacher acknowledge his mastery by giving him space to do or use his art to express himself in some of his class projects.

Who? And when?


Artcrimes is an online was started back in May 1994 by Susan Farrell with images from Prague and Atlanta, she went public later that year in September. From then until 2005 Susan worked with a professional photographer, Brett Webb who help to things off the ground.

Giving Props/Recognition to Artists from the Fringes:

Street graffiti

This is street art, the artists may not all be from fine arts schools or colleges and so forth( this is based on this information I have gathered from researching for this presentation). Bringing elements of this art into the school would be a way to give recognition to Graffiti Artists also.

Legal Issues?


In most cities its illegal to do graffiti, but Susan felt that it was necessary to find spaces/wall for it because it is a fascinating art from. I share on that idea because this is another form of Art, but since it is from the “fringes” its has not been accepted by the mainstream culture.

. . . but what else is possible with this Art form?

A direct talk about Cultural IDs



Talking about the idea of “deference” when it comes to children of immigrants, D. A. Yon, in his book “Elusive Culture”, refers to the fact that these kids are from two worlds, one ancestral the other the current status as young Americans whose parents are immigrants. This art work gives room for exploring ideas about their views and experiences with cultural identity (ethnicity, race, gender, cultural) and ideas about Home.

SocioPolitical Conversations though Art-making:


Le lec


This art from is also rich with interpretations of the world as the artists see it, so this site can also help in allowing students to talk about their interpretations of society, how they view for example, the school. . . This is right up there with spoken work poetry.

The ongoing project …


The project is dependant on volunteer efforts and collaborations. It has now become an international network of graffiti artists, the work is divided into “Crews” or artists clubs. The artists support this cite out of pocket and through donations and other sales such as T-shirts and Murals, tattoos and other forms of art.

The artists names and emails of the artists are on the site along with their work. . . . Go to:


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Maria Gaspar, originally from Chicago, moved to New York to pursue her dreams of attending art school. Gaspar attended Pratt Institute, graduating with a BFA in Painting and Certificate in Art Education for K-12th grade. Of her experience in traveling to New York she writes,

“It was the perfect time and place to explore. I worked with my professor and mentor, Ernesto Pujol who encouraged me to find my artistic language. I learned the meaning of meaning, concept and material. These experiences and more helped lay my artistic and professional foundation. In NYC, I learned what and how. I learned what I was communicating and how to express those ideas.”

When Gaspar graduated, she moved back to Chicago. Her current work is a discussion of culture and the way her Mexican heritage is represented and glorified. She focuses on the leftovers from parades. Using whatever she finds to create the scene, implying that the Mexican culture has become commodified:
Maria Gaspar-3
Hovering cloud, 2008
Oblation for another parade, 2009

She is an important artist to consider teaching about –her work is based in Chicago, and she is constantly working with students and in schools. I find her work to be extremely curious and thought-provoking. I can definitely see lessons surrounding culture and representations of heritage in the public.

Check out her website for the full details of her work.

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I recently came across a site called Chicago Art Map. It contains reviews of art exhibits and events going on around Chicago, a calendar, and feature articles. I find the calendar really comprehensive, and you can search it by event type, venue type, and neighborhood. Their reviews are also categorized by venue: alternative spaces, institutions, and commercial galleries. This site has just recently gotten off the ground but it is affiliated with the Art Talk Chicago blog, which is also a great resource for what’s going on here in our city.

If you are interested in writing reviews for either site, you can find their writer guidelines here. I love the way they describe the purpose of their reviews:

We are not attempting to write highly scholarly and highly analytical pieces for art theorists. Instead, our goal is to bring the art world to the “everyman,” to provide insight into contemporary art in Chicago without being too dumbed down or too theoretical. We want our reviews to provide a glimpse of the show or event, plus some well thought out and illuminating insight into the work. Basically, we want to help people enjoy contemporary Chicago art.

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Occassionally I get discouraged when watching others’ presentations on art and artists they’re excited about.  I feel sometimes – I’m in an all around creative rut even when it comes to PowerPoint presentations, which is why I decided to change my topic on the historical art presentation and go with Pinata art.  I LOVE pinatas.  They’re extremely versatile and easy to make.  I would even go as far as to argue that it could be considered fine art as opposed to a craft.  Arist Meg Cranston proves my theory as well.

So let’s get a little of this pinata history shall we?  Pinatas have been around for AN EXTREMELY long time and may have even originated in China where pots filled with seeds were covered in brightly colored paper and broken with sticks releasing the seeds to fertilate the ground.

For one reason or another this custom spread to Spain.  In the 16th century, Spanish missionaries would use the pinatas to lure the indegenous to gatherings where they would attempt to convert them.

Believe it or not the most common form of Pinata which is the seven pointed star has religious symbolism behind it.

The seven points represent the  seven sins greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust.  The candy and fruit within, symbolize the gifts of faith.  Obviously,the blindfolded participant must defeat the “evil” by breaking it with the stick.   This is when the observers must either help the participant with guidance or trick the participant by tricking them with false guidance.  Once the pinata is broken everyone can indulge in the treats within (the rewards for faith and defeating evil).

Nowadays there are a million different forms pinatas can take on.  With a little cardboard, paper mache, tissue papar and glue, you can create virtually anything.  Artist Meg Cranston created human self-portrait pinatas which challenges the idea of self-destruction.


Essentially pinatas are paper mache and paper mache in my eyes is sculpture.  This guy makes a crazy paper mache pig.


The ideas for potential lesson plans is endless

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Chicago Guerrilla Gardens:

Guerrilla Gardening:

PHILOSOPHIES AND OBJECTIVES – political gardening, a form of direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists. Neglected public spaces are reclaimed and maintained by the people. It is rooted in land rights, land reform, and permaculture.

DESIGN: relatively low maintenance, self-sustaining, perennial flora and crops


Milwaukee / Oakley
near Odd Obsession and the teacher supply store
what to look for: wild flowers and greens

Evanston central Stop
exit train. walk one block east. make a right. walk along the train to the end of the cul-de-sac.
look for: peonies, lily pond, vines, rose gardens, small twiggy fences


City Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm bordering two very diverse Chicago neighborhoods: Cabrini-Green and the Gold Coast. The farm boasts thirty varieties of tomatoes as well as beets, carrots, potatoes, gourmet lettuces, herbs and melons. All produce is grown in composted soil generated from various sources, such as restaurant trimmings from some of the city’s finest kitchens.

CITY FARM in all its summer glory


The Farm has a compost deposit for the local residents, produce, flowers, and plants used in paper making.  Paper making demos and Art Installations too.  It brought life beauty and information to the logan square community.


work exchange program for organic farms around the world! Room and board, not to mention training in organic farming.  Knowledge and experience in exchange for labor… sounds like an ideal trade off

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