Karyl Shields, with Da Vinci Academy since 2005
"Through the study and making of art we learn
what it means to be fully human."
Phone: 847-841-7532 ext 239
Ms. Shield's Degrees Held
B.A. in Art from Columbia College
M.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University
Illinois Art Education Association
National Art Education Association
Other Teaching Experience & Training
25 years as a graphic designer and fine artist
participating in local shows that support land conservation
There are and have been many ideas of the importance of
art within a student's whole education. I believe one of the most
rewarding aspects of art education is its ability to teach a
student how to be creative. Creativity is necessary to enjoy a
rewarding life. Creativity requires inspiration, passion for work,
and persistence. It requires a love for beauty, change, the
problematic, and play. In addition, the creative understands the
importance of history as it applies to universal truths and their
ability to organize one's thoughts and actions in a positive
manner. My goal is to instill some of these qualities within your
What to expect in Art class
Students meet once or twice a week for 40 minutes.
Students can expect to be challenged to search and respond to new
ideas, to master mediums to the best of their ability, to develop
efficiency with their time, and to find the meaning, story, and
purpose behind important contemporary and historical images.
Students will be expected to be able to apply these new behaviors
and ideas to their own work in and out of the art classroom.
The Da Vinci Academy art program is designed around the themes
developed throughout the history of human kind. The PK-1 students
work with children's literature as a vehicle to explore the world
of art and artists. Students in grades 2-4 study fantasy art,
Native North and South American art, and North American colonial
art. Middle school students develop techniques in art
criticism and life drawing skills while exploring contemporary
artists, methods, and art forms as communication. Middle
school students design an individual art project to develop
creativity and independent learning.
How to Help Your Child Be Successful
Please make sure your student completes all assignments,
especially if they miss Art Day!