Jahn School of the Fine Arts’ curriculum is based off of the conceptual framework of the new National Arts Standards, which focuses on artistic literacy and the guiding philosophical values that make art so crucial to students lives (The arts as communication, creative personal realization, connectors of culture and history, a means to wellbeing, and community engagement).

Using these guiding principals, Ms. BZ creates relevant projects that allow for higher level thinking and for students to individualize their pieces according to their strengths, interests, and big ideas. Each grade level has a collection of challenging assignments that are broken down into attainable yet highly challenging goals to guarantee student mastery, but within the curriculum there is plenty of room for improvisation and new projects based on students’ ideas. Drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation are some of the formats you will see Jahn Artists working in. You will also see many projects that turn into permanent installations, as the curriculum often explores what it means to be a public artist and how creativity can alter the way people feel in a space.



CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnership in Education)


Ongoing CoLab project with collaborating artist Marcela Torres.



Awarded Jahn Visual Arts program a $15,000 Creative Schools Fund grant in 2015 to implement school beautifying projects (listed bellow).

YAB (You Are Beautiful organization)


Collaborated with 3rd-5th graders to create outdoor “Turn Dreams Into Reality” installation on Belmont Avenue fence.

Jessica Mueller


Artist and school parent who collaborated with 5th graders to create “What Makes a Hero? Installation on 2nd floor stairwell.

Juan-Carlos Perez


Artist who collaborated with 6th grade to create 1st floor stairwell mosaic based on school’s diverse cultural identity.

Fund For Teachers


Awarded Ms. Bellizzi $5,000 grant for summer 2016 to do a study trip in South America (Colombia and Argentina) to learn about the street art movements of Bogotá/Buenos Aires in order to implement a stencil making/social practice project with students.

City Year / Chicago Cubs

Organized a massive volunteer effort in 2015 to repaint the interior of the school with designs developed by Ms. Bellizzi with the help of staff, as well as repairs to walls in the gym.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2016-2017 Student teacher on loan 

Art Events

Throughout the school year, Jahn School of the Fine Arts hosts 2 large scale art shows (the winter and Spring retrospectives) as well as a monthly “Coffee with Ms. BZ” where parents are invited into the art room to catch up on their students’ latest projects, hear about upcoming plans, and hang out

Jahn is also continuously pursuing ways to creatively connect with the surrounding community and organizations around Chicago. If you are interested in connecting please email cbellizzi@cps.edu.


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