Teachers at the Old Town School

Beth Iska

Children’s Art

Beth Iska is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist. In 2014, she was an Innovation Fellow at the Museum of Science & Industry, exploring the relationship between art and science. Her installation of ceramic sculpture, which opened in June 2015 at the DuPage County Forest Preserve, investigates the effect of nature on the handmade, in order to illuminate the long-term influence of humankind on nature.

For Beth, 2015 marks her fifth year leading art experiences at Old Town School summer camp for the 4-6 year old crowd. Beth is a mama herself, and also an active member of her kids’ school community. Moss is her favorite plant; someday she hopes to create giant garden pillows with it. Her artwork, as well as her classes for children, are an ode to curiosity and patience. She firmly believes in the creative potential of children and that above all, they should be treated with respect.

Education: BFA School of the Art Institute, Chicago

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2003

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