Margaret Koreman Bio
Margaret Koreman is Decatur's visual arts teacher and most recently taught at Franklin Fine Arts Center. Mrs. Koreman has a master's in Art Education and previously taught on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mrs. Koreman has hosted numerous student teachers and presents at national conferences to support the profession. She helped established the art program at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, has won numerous grants to promote community and school arts, and currently sits on the board of Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.
Mrs. Koreman's art portfolio reflects her multi-media approach. Her enthusiasm for the community leads to numerous partnerships and field trips that examine how art impacts our neighborhoods. She lives in Chicago with her husband, a high school science teacher, two daughters, both graduates of CPS selective enrollment High Schools, and her two dogs. Mrs. Koreman loves travel, museums, food, kayaking, and collecting natural objects including seed pods and nests.
Mrs. Koreman was one of six CPS teachers invited to the inaugural urban/rural art fellowships sponsored by the Kohler Museum and Intuit the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
Collaborating with rural Wisconsin and urban Chicago teachers over a week at the Nick Engelbert Grandview House Museum and Art Environment, Mrs. Koreman developed K-6 curriculum based on subject artists Nick Engelbert, Joseph Yoakum, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and the Dickeyville Grotto.
The immersive study included studio work with five practicing artists to explore new materials and develop teaching techniques to help students craft novel approaches in the art room.