Jill Lagerstam, art teacher at Urbana High School, states, “Our alternative to art club is a 21st Century class entitled, Art Exploration. This class is student-directed and operates as an open studio. Students come in with ideas about art they would like to make or art materials they would like to use and then I assist students with their individual project.”
It may not be technically correct, but students still call the class Art Club, mostly because it’s just easier to say.
Art Club has opportunities for independent work. Skylar Grindley, junior, states, “I joined art club because I really enjoy Ms. Lagerstam as a teacher, and it’s a great way to get access to art materials you can’t afford at home (such as clay, linoleum blocks, etc.). Art club also makes time in my schedule for art.”
Art Club also does group projects with different places in the community of Champaign-Urbana. The most recent event for Art Club was at Urbana Free Library’s Fairy Tale Ball, where kids of all ages can dress as their favorite fairy tale creature.
Shauri Gonzalez, junior, states, “The kids enjoyed the trees that we painted, which made the enchanted forest, the enchanted forest.
Art is everywhere, and I encourage you to join this club if you like art and you like working with art. If you would like more information contact Jill Lagerstam at firstname.lastname@example.org