Catholic, Independent Elementary Schools Serving Chicago's Children Since 1876


Fine Arts Department

Sacred Heart values and encourages the development of skills and talents in the fine arts, and provides opportunities for students to share what they have learned.

  • Sacred Heart offers in-class opportunities to explore the arts as well as After School classes such as individual music and voice lessons, Band, Glee Club and Advanced Choir, Liturgical Choir, and the Theater Performance Workshop for students in grades 4-8. Click here to read more. 
  • Students use a variety of media in art class, and each year during May, "Gallery Night" is held. The school is turned into an art gallery and each student has artwork on display for parents, relatives and friends to see. At the end of the year, a student from each division has a work of art that is chosen to be part of Sacred Heart's "Permanent Collection" and is displayed throughout the year.
  • Justice Day, held each January near to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, gives students the opportunity to explore a social justice topic through the musical, visual and theater arts. Classes are canceled for the entire day, but the learning continues. 
  • Each spring, a Middle School musical is held (recent past musicals have been: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Into the Woods Jr." and "The Lion King Jr.")  Middle School students audition to perform onstage or they crew off-stage, running lights, sound, props, and serving as the stage manager.
  • Entire families get involved in the "Schools Rock Talent Show," and students have the opportunity to perform, serve as emcees or as show crew members. Over the years we have had solo, duet, small and large ensemble acts; children and families who sing, dance, play instruments, recite speeches or poetry, juggle, and perform scenes from or develop original plays or comedy acts.


Virtual Arts — Online
Brought to you by the Sacred Heart Fine Arts Council (updated March 25, 2020)

We as a community have begun a new normal – instead of taking your kids to art classes after school or attending plays on the weekends, we are logging in and searching for creative outlets and entertainment online.

To help navigate this strange new world, the Sacred Heart Fine Arts Council would like to offer some suggestions of art-related activities – some for kids, some for parents!

Resources for Kids

Mo Willems Doodles – your children can now get a drawing lesson directly from the master, Mo Willems!
Printable museum color pages (for all ages) – perfect for when your kids don’t want to doodle but just relax and color.
• When you can’t get to a museum, the next best thing is a virtual tour! Click here for TimeOut's list of virtual museum tours and click here for the list from Mental Floss.
• Want to watch a Broadway play? Now you can do that online!
• Do your kids (or you) love the Who Was? series of books? There is now a Netflix series based on the books, complete with music and comedy. It's a great opportunity for kids and parents to learn and laugh together! Click here for more information.

The Fine Arts Council knows that parents need some respite as well. Here are some resources specifically geared towards an older population.

Resources for Ages 18+

  • In honor of poetry month, check out these short poems, the language of which has been modified to address the coronavirus.
  • If you want something a little more serious but still poetry-based, subscribe to “Poem-a-Day.”
  • After the kids go to bed and you are tired of binge-watching Netflix, turn up the culture dial and stream an opera! The Metropolitan Opera is streaming some of its most popular performances. Click here for more information.
  • Did your trip to London get cancelled? No problem. The Globe Theater is streaming its Shakespeare plays (for a fee) here, but you can also hear various Shakespearean actors talk about their process for free.
  • Check out The New York Times' article on so many more online fine art experiences with everything from Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare sonnets to Paris Opera Ballet streaming "Swan Lake."

Fine Arts Director
Justin Nixon

Diana Cortez
Primary School Art

Catherine Kestler
Lower School Art

Annette O’Donnell
Middle School Art

Tim Mikolay
Primary School Music and Movement

Laura Becker
Lower School Music

Cheri Dahlen
Middle School Music