Student art adorns Rood Center |

Student art adorns Rood Center

Pete Milano may be the principal of a school with only seven students in the town of Washington, but he’s proud of the artistic abilities of his pupils whose artworks are now on display at the annual student art exhibition in Rood Center.

The exhibition, which will continue through May 23, includes artworks by students from across the county.

“All the kids in Nevada County deserve a gallery (to show their art),” Milano said. “A big part of teaching art is displaying art.

“I’m glad (the watercolors of my students) have been displayed. They consistently produce wonderful pieces of art, guided by Marggie Miller, their art instructor.”

From venetian masks with peacock feathers, to paper collages on endangered species, to drawings inspired by Van Gogh and Picasso, the hallways and passages of the Rood Center are now alive with student art.

At a time when art programs are increasingly in danger of being cut back due to a tight education budget, the annual student art show at the Rood Center provides students a forum to showcase their artistic side to the public, local educators said.

“It’s a powerful feeling to see one’s art on display,” said Eileen Blodgett, an art docent at Seven Hills Middle School. “It gives students a sense of pride.”

Blodgett’s class has created a paper prototype of a quilt inspired by Hospitality House, a local nonprofit serving the homeless. The students “are now about to begin printing on fabric” to create the actual quilt, Blodgett said.

Once completed, the quilt will be auctioned to benefit Hospitality House, Blodgett added.

Other interesting art pieces at the Rood Center include photographs focusing on the use of perspective by eighth-graders at Grass Valley Charter; pink and cream baskets woven by fourth-graders at Nevada City School of the Arts; and bear flags – wall-hangings inspired by Buddhist prayer flags – by students of Grizzly Hill School.

“We take our kids (to the exhibition) on a field trip,” said Georgia Rogers, third grade teacher at Union Hill School. “They get to see all the art projects, which inspires them. They also take pride in what they do.”

Rogers’ class made ventian masks out of bird feathers.

“When we teach science and students learn about birds, they make these masks,” she said. “They learn the different parts of the feathers and their functions. It takes them about half an hour to make the masks.”

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