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Shorewood Visual Arts


Extend your art experiences this summer by completing the art challenges in the Summer Sketchbook!

Download the Shorewood Summer Sketchbook 2016 here.

Atwater students shared their drawing prompt ideas and 6th Grader Lizza Korolev designed the cover.

Printing Instructions: To print as a booklet, select Layout - Two Sided:Short-Edge binding (this will auto change to a 2 sided file).


The Shorewood Visual Arts program includes classes for all of the District's elementary school students, art courses for students at Shorewood Intermediate School and numerous elective courses available for Shorewood High School students.

At the elementary level, the K-6 Art Curriculum focuses on developmental and sequential art, providing opportunities for rich, informative engagements that include: drawing, painting, printmaking, 2-D design, 3-D design/ sculpture, and ceramics. Students build upon skills learned in previous grades and are introduced to new experiences. The elementary visual arts program is child-centered and developmentally appropriate, providing sensory engaging opportunities for children to tell their stories that foster aesthetic behaviors, and life-long inquiry.

Students at Shorewood Intermediate School, or SIS, take a quarter of art during their seventh and eighth grade years. In 7th grade, the art curriculum emphasizes studio arts, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, and more. In 8th grade, the curriculum focuses on popular and communication arts, such as architectural design, graffiti styling, and screen-printing, among others. In both 7th and 8th grades, art history, art criticism, and self-evaluation are key components of the artistic process.

As 8th graders, students also have the opportunity to apply to enroll in the school's Advanced Art class. In order to be considered for Advanced Art enrollment, students must submit a portfolio to the course instructor at the end of their 7th grade year.

Once students enter Shorewood High School (SHS), they have the opportunity to enroll in 11 different visual arts courses, including classes in graphic design, desktop publishing, visual arts as well as AP Art Studio+ and Advanced Placement (AP) Art History, which give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

Students enrolled in the high school graphic arts classes are often hired to complete jobs for community members, such as designing the logo for Shorewood's Little League. Visual arts students also design the cover for the Recreation Department's class bulletin each season as well as for the District's annual calendar, both of which are distributed to all residents and District families. Graphic design students also maintain online portfolios.

Outside the classroom, numerous SHS students also enter their artwork into the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards each year, and many go on to receive Gold Key honors from the Scholastic organization. For example, in 2014, ten SHS students were awarded Gold and Silver Key Honors.

Throughout their time in Shorewood Schools, students have the chance to take part in numerous art shows, including an annual District-Wide Art Show held at the Shorewood Library each winter, as well as an annual Art Week, with events at each of the District's schools, among others.

District Calendar

    • TueApr24 Lake Bluff Linkage 5:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueApr24 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay08 School Board Town Hall 5:45 PM to 6:45 PMSHS Library
    • TueMay08 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMay22 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

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