IGNITE-CentralArt Awareness

Art Awareness occurs over several days or weeks. It usually requires the help of parent volunteers. Recent events have included students making traditional pieces of raku pottery, developing an environmental piece of art in the spirit of Christo, and learning about the importance of symbolism and crest during the Renaissance.


ChristinaBodyPtgThis year, Christina Body — a Central School parent and award-winning painter — has been teaching students to create an urban landscape painting. You can see her work at christinabody.com.

Parent Help Needed

Children will be working on their urban landscapes during three of their regularly scheduled art classes, spread out over three months.  Parents and/or caregivers are welcome to come and help during as many classes as time and interest allow.  See Ms. Berngard’s website for details.  Please click here to sign up.

Second and third graders will be working on their masterpieces

November 30th- December 4th

January 6-12

February 1-5

First and fourth graders will be working on their masterpieces

December 7-11

February 8-12

February 16-22

We will send out multiple reminders during the next several months.

Questions? Please email artawareness@centralschoolpta.org.

IGNITE-CentralArts in the Evening

Arts in the Evening occurs once or twice each school year. A performer or production is showcased for members of our community at Central School, usually in the auditorium or the gymnasium. All tickets are funded by iGNITE. Past events include Be the Groove, an interactive rhythm and percussion group; Foster Dance Company, which provided students with an expressive dance lesson; Ma Liang’s Paintbrush, a musical theatre production by Music Institute of Chicago, and Peter Pan, a classic stage production by Emerald City Theatre.


On November 11th, 6.pm., in the Auditorium, Urban Gateways of Chicago will present The Make ‘Em Ups, an interactive and improvisational show with audience participation and lots of fun!