The Artist in the Classroom Program

During the 2018 - 2019 school year, the Artist in the Classroom program will provide a full semester of instruction for each class, grades 1 - 5, and 10 weeks of instruction for kindergarten children. 


The artist and the classroom teacher will form a team to help your child learn about art.

Students will:

  • Explore art from a variety of cultures, historical periods, and places.

  • Create art through hands-on art activities such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and more.

  • Develop critical thinking skills by observing, describing, and interpreting master artworks and their own artworks.


ArtWise is a major partner in this GF Public School District program, providing $26,000 in 2018 to the school district in direct support for the program. ArtWise also provides the annual elementary ArtWise Art Show.  We are very grateful for this support and wish to thank ArtWise, its sponsors and grantors.  This is the program's 25th year in all of the Grand Forks Public elementary schools.

Parental involvement can strengthen our art program.  Your response to your child's artwork is important to your child's overall art experience.  Please ask your child to tell you about their artwork.  In some classrooms the artwork is kept in a portfolio to be brought home later in the year. 

Our classroom artists hope to help your child develop imagination and that the art instruction will help your child perceive the world more clearly, understanding the perspectives of other people and cultures.  We look forward to sharing in the creativity of your child

Our Classroom Artists 2018-19:

Rachel Kopp loves to turn her art and design skills into art lessons for children.

Mary Kulas favorite art lessons encourage storytelling and in this case the student spelled it right on the art!

Katie Fayette is a recent UND art department graduate. She brings new innovative projects to her students with confidence.

Karla Nelson creates new projects that both excite and challenge herself and the children.

Jeanne O'Neil enjoys helping children develop bold, bright paintings on canvas.

Sheila Dalgliesh enjoys helping children explore animal shapes. She helps them develop wonderful visual art expressions!

Carrie Sapa's favorite art lessons are inspired by science and history.

Terri Berg's favorite art lessons use a variety of tools to inspire a child's imagination

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region.

© 2021 by ArtWise.

All the Artworks were chosen at 2017, 2018 and 2019 ArtShow and are part of ArtWise Calendar or ABC -Lease Program.

PO Box 12654

Grand Forks, ND 58208