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Margaret Koreman Bio

​​This is Margaret Koreman's fifth year as the visual arts teacher at Decatur Elementary. Mrs. Koreman has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she served on the teaching faculty. Mrs. Koreman regularly supports regional art education programs by hosting and mentoring student teachers. She regularly presents professional workshops on teaching practices at conferences for the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and various local and regional organizations. 

 

Mrs. Koreman helped establish the art education program at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and recently completed Intuit's 2022 teacher fellowship.   Mrs. Koreman currently serves as the Vice President of the board of Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE).

 

Mrs. Koreman’s teaching practice focuses on contemporary art and a multi-media approach. Her enthusiasm for the Chicago art community has led to numerous partnerships that expose students to local arts organizations and resources through field trips and workshops that examine how art impacts our neighborhoods.

 

Exploration

 

 

What a better way to study last year's theme of Communication than to research petroglyphs?  Decatur's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students examined some of the earliest forms of communication from societies around the world.  We discovered how pictures shaped the earliest forms of writing and how we still use images to convey meaning in ads and through bitmojis.

 

After our classes studied the Fremont People of the American Southwest, I was inspired to see their magnificent images in person. I found their petroglyphs and pictograms nestled in the backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument, a beautiful corner of Utah that has always intrigued me.

The mystery of the dinosaurs continues to fascinate me, so this summer I journeyed to the red rocks of Colorado to examine more fossilized footprints. I learned how these amazing creatures lived, died, and continue to give us new information about our world.

 

This year I plan to help students focus on a new theme as they create their art: Exploration. Our goal is to create new realities with fresh perspectives on topics, materials, and resources. As Decatur's young artists explore new possibilities, they learn to look at the world through different lenses.

 

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