The Four Elements

Acrylic on Canvas

12" x 12"

The outer circle contains the four elements of nature: earth, air, fire water.  The inner circle holds the zodiac, then the star constellations of the zodiacs.  The inner circle could be described as the 5th elements, the spirit of life contained within the earth.


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Heidi O'Hanley

About Heidi O'Hanley

Heidi is an art educator for Indian Springs School District 109 in Justice, Illinois.  She is currently in her fifth year as a travelling art teacher for three schools in the district, and a national board candidate for professional teachers.  Heidi has a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MAT in Art Education from Columbia College Chicago, and K-12 certification with visual arts endorsement.  Prior to being in the teaching profession, Heidi worked in Textile Restoration.  She is also a mother and an active member of freelance artist groups.

Heidi assisted in starting the IAEA/NAEA Student Chapter at Columbia College Chicago in 2006.  She then became part of the NAEA Student Chapter Presidential Team in 2007 and finished serving in 2010.  Heidi has presented Student Chapter and Elementary presentations at the NAEA conferences since 2007, and Early Professional Forums since 2010.

Heidi believes that art plays a vital part in a school’s core curriculum.  She feels that through the visual arts, students can experience self-discovery, collaborative team-building, and celebrate different perspectives of art and culture.