Pescadero students’ artwork takes flight

Pescadero students’ artwork takes flight

Pescadero students’ artwork takes flight

By Julia Reis [ julia@hmbreview.com ] | Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:35 pm

Pescadero Elementary School students are taking part in a project that will travel across the country.

The project is called Dream Rocket and was started by the Kansas-based International Fiber Collective. The objective is to collect 8,000 square cloth panels depicting illustrations of science, space and flight and sew them into a quilt that would cover the outside of a replica rocket ship housed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. The project has already received submissions from 47 states and 20 countries.

The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos invited the school to take part in the project and will display student artwork from Oct. 15 through Nov. 25. The pieces have already been shipped to Kansas to be counted in the collection, and after they are displayed in San Carlos will be shipped to their final stop in Alabama.

The national project received a lot of local support to facilitate Pescadero students’ participation. A local thrift store donated fabric panels for children to paint their illustrations on, and docents from the Art in Action program created a lesson plan tailored to various grade levels. For example, volunteers drew the outlines of different rescue planes for the kindergarten class, and the students decorated them with colorful cloth squares.

“What’s really cool about this is kids are doing something that is going outside the community,” said Lindsay Alsadir, a Pescadero Elementary Parent-Teacher Association member assisting with the project. She added that the project also ties in well with new Common Core standards since children are creating the panels in groups.
Art instructor Helena Pisani says students have been excited to participate in the project. On Friday afternoon, she moved quickly around the room surveying a class of fifth-graders as they painted their panels, instructing them to take their time.

“We had to skip last week and they were going, ‘No! We’re not doing this?’” Pisani said. “They were looking forward to it.”
On Friday, fifth-grader Mairol Hernandez worked with her group to put the finishing touches on the MMES Star Cruiser, a pink and purple rocket ship named for the letter that begins each of her classmates’ first names.

“I was really excited to design it, and I was thinking how it would turn out,” Hernandez said. “It looks gorgeous.”
Hernandez added that she hopes that museum visitors in San Carlos and Huntsville, Ala., recognize the hard work that she and her group put into the piece as they celebrated with a communal high-five.

“I hope they react like they’ve never seen a rocket ship in these colors,” she said. “It’s rare.”
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Fifth-grader Shay Barton, left, adds some detail to her art as classmate Morgan Riedy imitates a rocket.

Fifth-grader Shay Barton, left, adds some detail to her art as classmate Morgan Riedy imitates a rocket.