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

Here is what we have been working on in art. 

Kindergarten - Snowy Houses

1st Grade - Snowmen at Night Drawings

2nd Grade - Big Bear Paintings
3rd Grade - Winter Fox Paintings
4th Grade - Ceramic Modigliani Vases
5th Grade - Winter Collages using alternative watercolor techniques
6th Grade - Pinch Pot Fish
7th Grade - Student Choice Beach Paintings
8th Grade - Starry Night Silhouettes






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. 


8th Grade Homework - Due Friday, January 20

Art Institute of Chicago Assignment - Creative Writing

  • Choose 3 or more paintings from the Art Institute

  • Write a story on how those three paintings would interact with each other after the museum closes

    • You can add or take away any characters and objects

  • Describe the paintings within your story

  • And the end of your story, include the names and/or pictures of the paintings you chose.


  • Story should be 1 ½ - 2 pages minimum
  • 12 point font, 1.5 spacing, no funky fonts
  • Good grammar, spelling and punctuation are expected - 1 point off for each error!!

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