Welcome to the art room website!
My name is Fred DeMarco. This is my 14th year teaching art at Olive and I may be biased but I think it's the best school ever! Joining me this year are Mrs. Alyssa Maloney from Patton Elementary and Mrs. Vanderwiel from Greenbrier Elementary. Did you know a few decades ago Arlington Heights School District 25 didn't have an art program? Art was taught by classroom teachers in their rooms. Today, after a referendum and much effort, the arts thrive in 25. Each building has a dedicated art room and is taught by an art specialist, individuals trained not only in art theory and practice but education and child development as well.
My Philosophy of Art Education
I believe art education should be a right and not a privilege. It should allow students to reflect on their lives and the world they inhabit and teach them how to visually represent what they see and feel. Art education should provide opportunities for students to explore, imagine, create, collaborate, analyze, interpret, and play. In other words, art education is about so much more than creating a pretty picture. Ask your child what they did in art today. By initiating that conversation, you're helping to reinforce their knowledge and skills and hopefully fostering a lifelong love and appreciation for art!