Artist Lecture Series – Sara Willadsen at Sheboygan North High School.

The Artist Lecture Series is an in-school program at Sheboygan North High School that invites local and regional visual artists to share their journey as artists with the beginning, intermediate, and advanced art classes. Visiting artists present and expose art students to such as but not limited to: a digital portfolio, actual artworks, talk about about careers, and the opportunity to interact with the artists. This program is organized by the Sheboygan North High Art Department. 

Former presenters were Melissa Dorn Richards, Kendall Polster, Katie E. Martin, Dale Knaak, Kay JelinekHolly Bakich, Denise Presnell Weidner, Kitty Klich, Dara Larson, Bonnie de Arteaga, to  name a few.

Sara Willadsen was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1987. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lakeland College in 2010. Working predominantly with paint and various found materials, Willadsen’s work explores ideas of abstract spaces and structures inspired by her childhood spent in Sheboygan County. She has had work shown at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and exhibits frequently in group exhibitions. Willadsen lives and works as a visual artist and freelance designer in Sheboygan.

Artist Statement
I make pictures that satisfy my curiosity in aesthetics and found materials. Combining these articles with reappropriations of my own work allows me to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop.
Check out her work at

Who Doesn’t Like A Good Selfie?

The Art Foundations 3 students just finished a series of Selfies. Each one as unique as they are. Students learned various color pencil techniques, which they were to select up to 3 that they wanted to incorporate within their drawing. Students were encouraged to approach it traditionally or experiment with non-traditional use of color. 

365 Artists 365 Days Project at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference

Today Mr. Juarez presented the 365 Artists 365 Days Project at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference at the Bruce Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. This project is used as a vehicle to infuse Literacy into the art room. This project exposes, educates, and engages his Art Foundations 1/2 students into the world of Contemporary Art through the use of technology, silent reading, group discussion, and individual work on a weekly basis.

Mr. Juarez is currently compiling a list consisting of artists’ names, locations, website and genres. To receive this database email Mr. Juarez at fjuarez(at) and in the subject box type: 365 Database. This will become available in early  January 2015.

Mr. Juarez is available to talk to any teacher interested in implementing this project into his/her art curriculum. 

About the 365 Artists 365 Days Project

On January 1, 2014, Frank Juarez from the Frank Juarez Gallery (Sheboygan) and Rachel Quirk and Zina Mussman from the Greymatter Gallery (Milwaukee) launched the 365 Artists 365 Days Project to the world.

What started as a way to spotlight contemporary artists daily  from across the country blossomed into getting the attention of artists from across the globe such as Germany, Slovenia, Australia,  Russia, London, Serbia, Israel and the United Kingdom.

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Click here to download his presentation and handout(s). 

365 Artists 365 Days Project Frank Juarez – PowerPoint

365 Artists 365 Days Project Frank Juarez  – PDF

365 Artists 365 Days Project Art Edition (Flyer) – PDF

Student Audio

All questions can be directed to Frank Juarez, art department chair, at fjuarez(at)

NHS Art Teacher to Co-present at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Fall Conference

Art teacher, Frank Juarez, will be co-presenting on a project that he collaborated in with three different schools from across the state. The project is called, “Crafting Community: Ceramics and Pedagogy in Greater Milwaukee”. This presentation is one of three that we will be presenting on at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Annual Fall Conference in Milwaukee. 

“Crafting Community: Ceramics and Pedagogy in Greater Milwaukee”

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Midwest Artist Studios Presentation (PPT)

FC2: Midwest Artist Studios

Frank Juarez, Room 210

Bruce Guadalupe Community School

Friday, October 24, 2014

11:00 am-11:50 am

Description: The presentation introduces educators to artists who embrace the importance of art education, believe that their art experience was influenced or shaped by their K-12 art education, and are following their artistic dreams. The visits described will depict a close and personal approach into the studio lives of artists. Featured summer 2014 artists are Josh Wilichowski (MN), Vincenzio Donatelle (MN), Jane Ryder (IA), Jamie Bates Slone (MO),Catie Miller (MO), Todd Mrozinski (WI), Josie Osborne (WI), Paula Schulze (WI) andSuzanne Torres (WI).

The MAS Project received grants from the Kohler Foundation, Inc and the Wisconsin Art Education Association.

365 Artists 365 Days Project Frank Juarez (PPT)
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To Appropriate or Not to Appropriate

The Drawing Intensive art students are doing a series of artworks that deal with a variety of artistic practices. In their first sketchbook assignment students were asked to appropriate an found image and give it their own unique perspective. 

Appropriation is defined as borrowing someone else’s work and manipulating it through their own artistic influences, practice and ideas. 

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I Can’t See Straight – Op Art by Art Foundations 3 Students

Op Art
  1. a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap. Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are its most famous exponents.
    Art Foundations 3 students were to create their very own Op Art focusing on the Elements of Design: Line and Color and Principles of Design: Balance and Repetition. 

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