Art Class for Teachers Provides Built-In Students

By Levin, Meta L. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 18, 1997 | Go to article overview

Art Class for Teachers Provides Built-In Students


Levin, Meta L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Meta L. Levin Daily Herald Correspondent

Patricia James never before had the opportunity to go to college. Now, not only she, but her three children are enrolled in a special program at the College of Lake County's Grayslake campus.

"My 6-year-old tells everyone that she goes to college," said James, who is home schooling her children.

Each Saturday morning James and her three children join at least 30 other children in the Art for Elementary Teachers Part I and II class. Originally a traditional art class for education majors and those seeking recertification, the class has evolved into a hands-on laboratory that combines adult students with elementary school age youngsters and their parents.

"When I first started teaching the class (students) would go out into the community to observe and practice," said Bob Lossmann, CLC art instructor.

That had its drawbacks. Some students had trouble finding schools in which to practice. Lossmann had no way of supervising the work and often education students practiced on each other, which didn't give them a real feel for what young children could do.

So, Lossmann began inviting the children of other CLC instructors and students into his classroom. Eventually, some of the students in his class asked if they could bring their children. Last year Lossmann decided to invite parents and their children to join.

"It just blossomed," Lossmann said. "Now I have to limit enrollment."

Two different sections meet simultaneously. Section one concentrates on art appropriate for younger elementary school age children, while section two is geared to the middle school grades.

"Bob individualizes the class for you," said Shannon Grams, a music and art teacher at St. …

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