To enrich the cultural landscape of Lemont by fostering the production and appreciation of the arts.
Lemont students in grades K-4 were artists for a day. This March, local professional artists visited Oakwood and River Valley Schools and led student artists in a variety of art-making activities.
The art lessons introduced a famous historical artist, art concepts and techniques, and art vocabulary. The students then had the chance to apply creative and critical thinking skills by incorporating what they had learned into making their own unique work of art.
According to fourth grade teacher Mrs. Sonya Raymond, it has been four years since River Valley has had an art teacher on staff. Classroom teachers have been providing weekly art lessons, but, “to be able to have the expertise of such talented artists to provide the instruction for us was truly a blessing,” says Mrs. Raymond. She continues, “My students were able to finish their pieces and were so proud of them that they asked if they could display them in the hallways!”
Maggie Capettini is a Joliet oil painter who led some of the art lessons. “I’m always amazed at what these young artists create. They have such a natural tendency for creative thinking. Its an honor to be able to enrich their arts knowledge and experience,” she says.
The Art Explore! program was funded by a Target Arts, Culture & Design grant and organized by the Art & Culture Commission of Lemont with help from the District 113a Educational Foundation and the Parent Teacher Organization.