DCMS work included in Saturn V Exhibit

DCMS work included in Saturn V Exhibit

A quilt, 63 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, will soon be used to wrap around a 363 feet Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  That quilt showcases the art work of 23 Kansas schools, including Dodge City Middle School.        
“Last summer I received an email from Jennifer Marsh, a professor of Art from Washburn, telling about this great opportunity to get students involved in ‘The Dream Rocket Project,’” Rebecca Stateler, a Visual Arts teacher at DCMS said. 

She said the group is an art based non-profit organization in Topeka that sponsors integrating art projects into the Common Core Curriculum. The theme was “Space” and the quilt will travel around the world in a traveling art exhibit at different space museums such as Smithsonian affiliates, National Historical Parks, libraries, schools and museums.

“Our students are always surprised when they make connections with curriculum between two separate subject matters, especially when it is a core subject and art,” Stateler said.  “They get minimal experience with art in the early grades so, many times, inexperienced students tend to think there is no real value to the arts, which is totally untrue. I think it’s sad young people often think that if something is enjoyable, they could not possibly learn from it.  That’s why I found this project so beneficial.” 

The Kansas Cosmosphere has made it possible for a limited number of schools each to submit 15 works of art to be included in this exhibit. Those 272 pieces of art and accompanying stories are available to view in Hutchinson from Feb. 1 through March 31.  The final project contains 8,000 artworks (each a 2X2 square), amounting to a 32,000 square foot quilt.

“My 8th grade students had a blast learning about what they were interested in and creating original artwork about  that,” Stateler said. 

“I wanted to learn about blackholes and if they truly exist,” eight-grader Adrianna Rico-Calderon, said.  “I learned a lot and I love to be creative.”

The class worked on the project for six weeks, including five days of researching and gathering information, sketching possible ideas with one high quality rough draft, measuring and preparing canvas by hemming a finished edge, painting the final image and incorporating embellishments, and then writing a paper that cited information and explained and critiqued their work.”

“I have always wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut and go on different voyages so after doing some research for this project, I think it would be very dangerous,” Mariah Reyes, one of the eighth graders who worked on the project, said.  “I liked learning more about space and the people who go into space.”

The opening reception at the Kansas Cosmosphere is scheduled for Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. until 5 pm. and is open to the public.  

-Yvonda Acker, Public Information Officer
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