#Changes are here for 2017 – #Art #Studio

Welcome to the new school year! I am really excited to begin my 19th year here (not counting the first 4 that I was as a student. That said I have a few new aspects of that are similar but slightly different.

Remind is a communications tool that I’ll be working with this year (as I have begun to use in the past). Go ahead and text @artwithk to 81010 to get yourself on the chain.

Remind Instructions

As a returning artist / parent / guardian / educator one will note that the folders we have used in in the past are dramatically different this year. No longer are we using the 11″ x 8.5″ folder, but we have now changed to a 8.5″ x 5.5″ booklet. The weekly pages are a bit different also with fewer, but more probing reflections about the work you are creating.

I really look forward to getting to work and getting to know my classes / parents and guardians / and more educators as the year gets started.




With all the challenges that come across in life, there are times where God sends his angles out to remind me that things are good. I know that with the flooding in Louisiana, the earthquake in Italy, wars, poverty, hunger, nonacceptance, and all the other challenges that life offers, my disappointments are trivial. Thank you to all those who reached out to me yesterday (August 23, 2016) with words of love, comfort, and reminders that “My hour has not yet come.”

Thank you to those I do not mention… and a NAME DROP to these great individuals whose desire to continue to make the world a better and more beautiful place. Thank you to Danyelle, Mike, Jacob, Russell, Brandon, Colton, and especially the Queen of “No Fun” Connie. The cards you sent are a wonderful reminder that the challenges I face are worth it because I can work with and get to know the great individuals I do in my life.


Today From the White House

​.@potus, .@vpotus, .@flotus, .@drbiden… Last week, as part of the White House’s efforts  as they continue to reach out and hear the people as they speak about what is important, I sent a Facebook Messager to the White House, President Obama, et.al. about the Arts and Arts Education… here was my original letter:
Dear Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, Vice-President Biden and Dr. Biden, Thank you for your continued support of and concern for education and, specifically speaking, Arts Education. In a time when success is often gauged only by numbers on a graph, and scores on a test, the inclusion and recognition of success through creativity, endurance, persistence, reflection, as well as making (visually, spoken, sung, performed) is inspiring and sometimes hard to come by. With programs like Turnaround Arts, the Arts are able to be highligted as an important and essential element to the development of the Individual at any level. I work with the large variety of individuals such as high schoolers of all abilities, special needs adults, and have collaborated with older adults coping with dementia and senility and see, first hand, how the arts positively impact thier lives. Thank you again for your support of education, and especially Arts education, as well as teachers, parents, communities who use, need, and advocate for the Arts.


Frank Korb,

Art Teacher,

Wisconsin Art Education Association VP Southeastern WI, and Arts Advocate. fjkorb@gmail.com,



FB: /fjkorb, TW: @fjkorb
Here is President Obama’s response to my letter.

Handbook Cover

#Handbook #Updated for 2016-17 – FINALLY!

Handbook Cover

Arts Educators! Here is my day to day handbook that is going to press tomorrow – I hope. The new and updated 2016 – 17 Interactive Handbook for the Arts (I already see a typo on the cover – title change before too long). I am looking forward to a new approach to the day to day activities – although QUESTIONS and IDEAS are always going to be a part of the working process of the studio. I look forward to hearing thoughts and ideas about the ideas I’ve come up with, use in the studio, embed in the minds of the artists, and share from others thoughts. Special thanks to Dan Gross for the printing efforts – I am printing it at 8.5″ x 5.5″ and folding it in half with a saddle stitch in the middle – looks great! This handbook has, surprisingly, taken me the best part of the summer to get reworked and I am, at this point, please with what it looks like. http:goo.gl/ekrZ48 is the link to the shared folder – enjoy!


One more day at the WI State Fair and Plein Air Painting

Thank you Larry Wynn at East Coast Concessions for the commission in painting the award winning concession stand at the WI State Fair. There were (what seemed to me) millions of toys and inflatables and stuffed animals and poop emoji hats. Earlier in the week a couple of kids stopped at my easel and told me I should incorporate a Pokemon into my paintings. I listened, laughed, and then said “I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.” Well… I think I painted about 20 Pikachu’s. Thanks to all the conversation and teachable moments to the kids (and adults). Persistence, working through the materials, envisioning the results long before they are visible were all aspects that I spoke to my audience about. 8 hours of painting – all in this 18″ x 24″ finished work “Natalie and Katie at East Coast Concessions at the WI State Fair.”

Full Moon Trophies are DONE and ready to be WON!

Thank  you Brett Roberts (and myself – Brett had the hard part… I had the tedious part) for creating the vessels / trophies that will be given out to the winners of tomorrow night’s FULL MOON FOUR MILER! I will be unable to attend, but the race should be a great one nonetheless. All the best to the racers, the organizers, and the fans. Be aware of the NEW starting spot at St. Thomas Aquinas in Waterford – thanks to all the construction. The monies made from the trophies go to the Waterford Union High School Art Fund which gives students scholarships to attend art school, aids in young artists attending field trips, brings artists and other art world speakers and demonstrators to the classroom, and helps fund other arts projects that might not be covered by other funding. Run well runners! Now… off for my 12 miler I’ll miss tomorrow.


2016 Full Moon Four Miler
Run / Walk

Full Moon 4 Miler


The Race

The Annual Full Moon Four Miler event is one of the few nighttime races that begin after sunset in southeast Wisconsin.

Each participant receives a moisture wicking runner shirt (guaranteed to the first 450 participants), a goodie bag, one post party drink ticket and fruit/snacks. Registration, post run party and awards ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School, 302 S. Second Street, Waterford. This year the route has been revised and will be on the east side of the Village due to construction happening just west of Village Hall. Participants and guests are invited to stay and enjoy the food, beverages and music at the post run party.

The Route

Full Moon 4 MIler Race Route

Select Map for Route Directions

Awards are given in 13 categories:

14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & over. Special award to overall male and female winners and to the first place male and female master winners.


You may download our Registration form and mail or walk-in with payment to the Chamber office at 102 E. Main St., Waterford, WI 53185)

You may also scan the QR code below or go to active.com to register online.

Full Moon Four Miler online registration

Registration Fees

$20.00 early registration by June 8

$25.00 June 9 – July 28

$30.00 July 29 – August 6

Full Moon Four Miler Committee:

Bill Czaja, State Farm Insurance – Full Moon Four Miler Chair
Katy Engels, Waterford Area Chamber Of Commerce
Rayana Kaul, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Julie Lobitz, Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Tina Multhauf & Team, Skyline Landscape & Design
Lisa Pochowski, Patriot Financial

We Need Volunteers!

If you are able to help with setup, registration or being a corner guard, please fill out and return theVolunteer Form. Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber office at: (262) 534-5911 orchamber@waterford-wi.org.

Beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin is located approximately 30 minutes Southwest of Milwaukee, 2 hours North of Chicago and 30 minutes West of Racine.

http://www.waterford-wi.org/fm4m_hmmm.html for more (not really – this is all from that site) information.

the Waterford Seven create prints (and then some)

The Waterford Seven have continued to create wonderful works of art over this summer. I am truly proud of the ideas and decisions that they make in the arrangement of their visual compositions. From today’s prints to the drawings of landscape in oil pastels and marker, to the acrylic paintings, they make GREAT choices and are following some very challenging processes to their Art making. Way to go ALL! GALLERY is HERE.

Two Groups of Artists – One Great Summer

This has been, and continues to be, a very productive summer for the artists of Waterford, WI. Artists that I have had the opportunity to work with are the Plein Air Art from the Waterford Union High School Artists and the Waterford Seven – clients of Connie Lelivelt and my 3rd year of work with them. For those of you who are not able to get out to see the Plein Air works of art in the WUHS Art Gallery – I have submitted a short video (à la manière de James Kalm) for your perusing.

Plein Air Artists: Video, Gallery, and (click to see) Day at Taliesin

And the Gallery:

And the Waterford Seven’s works of art: Click HERE for the full Gallery of images (so far)