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CONNECTING CREATIVITY: DeWitt art teacher publishes book to share lessons outside of the classroom

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 14, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-14 22:14:01-04
  • DeWitt art teacher Bob Jaruzel has been teaching for over 20 years.
  • After teaching for many years, Jaruzel wanted to share his lessons to those that don't get to experience them, so he published a book on April 25th.
  • Video show Jaruzel speaking about the book and his passion for art.

(The following is a transcription of the full broadcast story)

I'm your neighborhood reporter Russell Shellberg here in DeWitt, where students are learning all kinds of creativity in the art classroom. But thanks to one teacher here in DeWitt, he published a book to take those lessons outside of the classroom.

DeWitt Elementary School teacher Bob Jaruzel has been teaching art for over 20 years...

But it wasn't a career that Jaruzel expected to be in.

"I was drawing comic books and comic book characters as a young kid," said Jaruzel.

Bob Jaruzel teaching one of many art classes at Schavey Road Elementary
Bob Jeruzel teaching one of many art classes at Schavey Road Elementary

And now, he's sharing that passion with the next generation of kids.

"Kids love to draw, they are just naturally gifted artists, and sometimes they just need an idea or a spark," said Jaruzel.

That idea came in the form of a book... one that Jaruzel published just weeks ago. He hopes it can be a tool kids in and out of the classroom can use to be creative. And Jaruzel says it's already paying off.

Pages from Bob Jaruzel's book "How to Draw Using Simple Shapes"
Pages from Bob Jeruzel's book "How to Draw Using Simple Shapes"

"Students will bring in a sketchbook full of drawings they've made at home... and again, it's exactly what I had hoped that they would do. Find that joy creating on their own," said Jaruzel.

Jaruzel says sales are going well but the best part of it all is seeing his art expand beyond the walls of the classroom.

"It's been fun to see the process unfold and get to share the work with the community and the world. It's pretty awesome," said Jaruzel.

Bob Jaruzel speaking about the impacts his book has made after weeks of publishing
Bob Jaruzel speaking about the impacts his book has made after weeks of publishing

You can find Jaruzel's book here.

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