Welcome to Mrs. Janette Wagrowski's Art Classroom 124

Background and Education:
BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Experience:
I have been teaching art since 1998 in both public and private schools and I have been at St. Paul of the Cross since 2006. As an artist, I work with oil paints, fused glass, and photography when I am not taking care of my son.

Additional Responsibilities at SPC:
I am a moderator of Student Council and Art Club. I also serve on the Grandparent’s Day Committee and the Fine Arts Committee as well as the Building Leadership Team.

Art Class News

A message from Mrs. Wags...

After 11 years of being the art teacher at SPC, the time has come for me to part ways and start the next chapter of my life.

I believe that we each meet someone in our lives who changes us in profound ways, leading us down paths we never knew existed and showing us who we are meant to become. For me, I gave birth to that someone. My son, Trevor, was diagnosed with autism in 2015. His diagnosis catapulted me into a new world that has inspired and shown me that my experience and talent as an art teacher can and should be used to serve a greater purpose.


This fall, I am planning on going back to school to pursue a master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders. My dream is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and use my knowledge of art in a therapeutic manner.


It has been a privilege, honor, and blessing to have taught art for 11 years to the students at St. Paul of the Cross School.


You are forever in my heart!


Mrs. Wags




About the Art Curriculum...

The art program at St. Paul of the Cross School is designed for students to perceive, create, and appreciate the visual arts. Students will gain an understanding of the variety of ways that artists function in society.  Projects are based on art history and cultural art with a strong emphasis on the elements of art (line, color, shape, texture, etc.) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, pattern, unity, etc.)  Students experience a wide assortment of media in both two and three dimensional art production.  Problem solving skills as well as the development of fine motor skills are intrinsic to the art experience.  Project assessment includes the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design.
  2. Understanding the relationships among media, tools, technology, and processes.
  3. Skills when creating art using different media.


The following are links to art web sites.


  • Sumo Paint - online drawing tool with many features







  • City Creator - design a modern, medieval, or Christmas city


OTHER (sites that have a variety of activities):

  • Exploratorium - cool activities with optical illusions
  • Art Safari - listen to questions to examine paintings with animals, from the MOMA


  • Students create art at their own risk! Some materials we use are permanent on clothing, so it is recommended that students wear an art smock to class.
  • Homework is not regularly given, however, students in grades 5-8 may take art projects home to finish them when necessary.