Annette O'Donnell


Annette M. O’Donnell is a Chicago artist and art educator. She is a mixed media artist who is interested in expressing intuited forms through her abstract expressionist paintings. She also is pursuing the idea of preserving historical images though her oil pastel transfer pieces. She is currently working on ways to merge the two series. As an art educator, she is committed to nurturing the creative spirit in her students. She is focused on letting them have voice and choice in their work, and helping them to problem solve in the creation of their visual art.

She is interested in teaching art in an interdisciplinary fashion. While teaching art, she also incorporates social studies, literature, math, science and of course World Language (French).


  • M.Ed. Teacher Leadership, North Park University
  • B.A. Art Education, Loyola University of Chicago

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Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach because I want to have a direct impact on the lives of my students. I want to provide that space within their school day during which they can be themselves, express their thoughts and emotions, and have their creativity nurtured.

Why Roycemore?

I teach at Roycemore because I know that I can go home knowing that I was able to do everything that I needed to do to help my students learn and grow. Roycemore allows to meet students where they are individually and help them become their best selves.