6:00-6:25 Studio time
·Parents and students invited to visit room 391 (light snacks available) and tour art rooms.
Students can work in classrooms
6:30-6:50 Introductory remarks (OPRFHS art teachers) room 370
Panel members will introduce themselves and identify the breakout session they will be attending
6:50-7:30 Breakout sessions** rooms 370, 371
7:30-8:00 Closing remarks, follow up topics, and questions
** Breakout session topics:
·o OPRFHS art program offerings (intended audience: current OPRFHS freshmen -
juniors and their parents)
o Navigating the art college application process (intended audience: current juniors -
seniors and their parents)
o Becoming an art professional (intended audience: all students interested in pursuing
a career in fine & commercial arts)
Breakout session topic 1
OPRFHS art program offerings-moderator Lindy Novotny
Panelists: Lindy Novotny, OPRFHS counselor, Janet Lorch
o Art department tracks - photo/design, fine art 2D, fine art 3D
o Course progression suggestions
o Essential skills addressed
o portfolio development
o Course sequence - by year
o Portfolio content
· Work suggested, sketchbook, etc.
· Portfolio days
· Summer classes/activities (i.e. mural projects)
Breakout session topic 2
Navigating the art college application process moderator Mark Collins
Panelists: Shannon Kennedy, Natalie Leoni, Kim Rasmussen, OPRFHS Counselor
o Where to start - establishing goals, developing a list, being realistic
o Types of art schools - “pure” art school vs blend (combined university and art school i.e. RISD and Brown), art school within university, etc.
o A parent’s view (Kim Rasmussen)
o School visits
o What to look for, questions to ask
o Financial aid
o Career development
o College contacts for students during application process
o Making the “final” decision. How will I know this is the right decision-parent view,
Breakout session topic 3
Becoming an art professional moderator Tracy Van Duinen
Panelists: David Mann, Lisa Wilkenson, Sam Thetard, Erika Johnson
o Pursuing a career in “art”
o Available careers
o Paths to an art career
o Skills employers seek - professional, personal
o Keys to your success in the field
Edutopia has a great article on how art-making can help students develop a growth mindset through the failures that naturally occurs in the process.
Enclosed is the link to WMU's blog which highlights alumni and students who are pursuing careers in the arts.
Oak Park & River Forest High School
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6-8pm, rooms 370 & 371
Goal of the forum
6:30-7:00 panel discussion
7:00-7:30 breakout sessions
Parents of recent OPRFHS art alumni
Various art professionals
OPRFHS guidance counselor and college coach?
In an attempt to assist our students and their families in college options and careers in the arts, we are including the link to "The Art Career Project." This website does a great job in breaking down the various careers in the arts; top schools by career interest and scholarship opportunities.
Please feel free to contact any of us here in the OPRF Visual Arts department to help assist you and your student in this journey.
In this post we present two articles and a video which discuss the power the arts have on learning and achievement. Elliot Eisner was a professor of Art and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He was a leader in educational research found that the arts are an integral component on developing broad and creative thinking. We've included a synopsis of his argument for art eduction and an interview where he discusses this in greater detail.
The final article is from Critical Evidence, a publication funded by the Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts. This article asks and answers the question about the arts influence on learning and achievement.