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Mr. Sanders - Visual Arts

Current Happenings

Current projects:
5th grade-- Is wrapping up their Van Gogh Chairs and will be starting clay next.
6th grade-- Are working on their 3D spheres and then will moving on to clay as well.

Snow Days
Should we have a snow day we will be using the following apps to work on an Art Choice Board that will be posted on that day by 8am. Choice Board projects have to be completed and turned in that day.  Once school resumes we will then continue on with our normal in class projects.

The apps we will be working with the majority of the time include but are not limited to:
  • Google Classroom (for assignments)
  • TeacherEase (grades)
  • Chrome (access to the internet for projects)
  • Gmail (to email questions to the teacher)
  • Google Meets (Virtual meeting space for weekly question/answer sessions)
  • Youtube (to watch instructional videos)
  • Google Calendar (to help set reminders)
To help give our students a variety of different projects to do from home you will need a few items most of which I bet you already have.  They can be new or old doesn't matter as long as they work. Most of these items are already part of the school supply list. I'm listing them here so you know what we will be using.
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • White Paper (computer paper works great)
  • 24 pk. Crayons (for Kindergarten 12 pk)
  • Scissors
  • Small Glue bottle (no glue stick)
  • Ruler
  • Watercolors (8 color)
  • Colored pencils 12pk
  • Wide tip Markers 12pk
  • (maybe something to store all of it in)
  • From time to time we may need to use items from around the house to trace things.  
Art videos
Mr. Sanders's YouTube channel

Check out how to "paint" with clothes.  No cutting required
Want to learn more about landscape paintings?  Watch some Bob Ross videos.
Art with Mati & Dada
Art Museums 
The Louvre in Paris, France 
The Guggenhem in New York, USA
The National Gallory of Art in Washington D.C., USA
The British Museum in London, England
Google Arts & Culture
Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum *suggested by GS Troop 30



Students at Central Intermediate will be taking a general visual arts class that will introduce to new materials and techniques. Students attend class once a week for 40 minutes. Completed art is displayed in the classrooms and throughout our buildings as well. All students also participate in our districts annual Fine Arts Festival held the first week of May. 


Our goal for art education is to expand students’ knowledge in the visual arts through lecture, presentation, and application. 

Here at OES we follow the Illinois state standards:

The visual arts class generally does not have homework due to most materials not being able to take out of the room.  If a student needs more time we allow the students to come down to the art room first thing in the morning right off the bus during DEAR time. This allows the student who needs more time or has been absent to catch up.


Students are assessed on point system in three main catagories: participation, materials, and projects. Points are then added and turn into percentages. There is no extra credit due to the limitations of time, however, students may use DEAR time to work on projects to get caught up or be more detailed.
A - 90-100%
B - 80-89%
C - 70-79%
D - 60-69%
F - 0%-59% 

Contact Info

Mr. Sanders
Central Intermediate/ McKinley Elementary
Phone: (815)434-0726
or (815)433-1907
Voicemail Extention: 


Rock Valley College
Associates Degree
Northern Illinois University
Bachelor's in Art Education
Aurora University
Master's in Educational Technology  
Teaching Experience: 
17 Years 


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Where to buy 
Hobby Lobby
Michaels Craft Store