Art students work in art forms in a variety of ways - tempura, acrylic, water color - and materials, learn photography and gain knowledge about perspective drawing. The goal for art courses is to give students the basic tools necessary to create art and allow them to develop their skills.Departmental offerings also include Mixed Media, Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics, Sculpture and Independent Study in 3D Art.Art Club meets twice a month. Art department students are involved in two competitions.

Fine Arts Staff

Emily Lowman - 309-698-7564 -

Emily Lowman grew up in Pekin and has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and Studio Arts: Sculpture from Illinois State University. During her time as a Redbird, she heavily involved herself with the ISU Honors Program, mentoring incoming freshmen as well as the Art Education Program where she taught all kinds of students from all grade levels. After graduation, she taught in a one year position and discovered her love for jewelry making and metalworking. When she's not creating art, Miss Lowman loves to play volleyball, cuddle her cat, and bake cookies.

Billy Simmons - 309-698-7515 -

Mr. Simmons is East Peoria Community High School’s 2D art teacher, specializing in drawing and painting. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Mr. Simmons earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and relocated to Illinois after graduating. Prior to teaching at EPCHS, Mr. Simmons has taught elementary art in Gary, IN, Bloomington, IL, and at Peoria District 150. Mr. Simmons enjoys cultivating the talents and creativity of students who take art seriously, and creating his own artwork when he can.

Art Resources

Resources coming soon!