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Top teacher serves as a muse for students

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Tricia Fuglestad asks her students one more question about famous paintings.

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Tricia Fuglestad talks about the upcoming field trip to The Art Institute of Chicago.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Tricia Fuglestad uses the smartphone app Audioboo to post a photograph and audio of fourth-grader Grace Terry speaking about famous painters on Twitter.

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Fourth-grader Kris Bohnen is trying to match his artist with the corresponding artwork.

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Student Grace Terry talks about famous paintings they will see at the Art Institute, which Fuglestad will post to social media.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Tricia Fuglestad explains how the learning cards are to be matched up to the paintings.

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Tricia Fuglestad demonstrates how she used the Audioboo app to post the photo and audio of Grace Terry.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Dryden art teacher Tricia Fuglestad checks in first-graders Dylan Burnett, left, and Kaya Deleon before teaching her first class of the day.

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Art takes many forms. The 500 students in Tricia Fuglestad's classes at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights learn history, videomaking, filmwriting, tweeting, blogging, uploading, singing, acting, graphic design, animation and more, but all of it is art. "We are definitely a hands-on art program," said Fuglestad, now in her 21st year of teaching, all in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25. "I want to have the kids engaged in whatever they do."
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    • Tricia Fuglestad asks her students one more question about famous paintings.
    • Tricia Fuglestad talks about the upcoming field trip to The Art Institute of Chicago.
    • Tricia Fuglestad uses the smartphone app Audioboo to post a photograph and audio of fourth-grader Grace Terry speaking about famous painters on Twitter.
    • Fourth-grader Kris Bohnen is trying to match his artist with the corresponding artwork.
    • Student Grace Terry talks about famous paintings they will see at the Art Institute, which Fuglestad will post to social media.
    • Tricia Fuglestad explains how the learning cards are to be matched up to the paintings.
    • Tricia Fuglestad demonstrates how she used the Audioboo app to post the photo and audio of Grace Terry.
    • Dryden art teacher Tricia Fuglestad checks in first-graders Dylan Burnett, left, and Kaya Deleon before teaching her first class of the day.
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