by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Rogers High School art students had a chance last week to create visuals that students can enjoy for years to come.
Seven stained glass windows with nature themes were designed and assembled by Su Sebghati’s students, under the guidance of artist-in-residence Lisa Arnold.
The windows will be placed in the media center.
“This (art work) will be a legacy they leave for many generations,” said Arnold.
The artwork will replace regular windows.
“It’s a way to make the media Center look more alive,” said Sebghati. “There’s nothing up there now.”
Four art classes of 40 students each, 160 total, learned how to use the cutting and shaping tops, how to lay out a mosaic (from the outside in), and how to glue the pieces together, over a four-day period.
Each window had four separate groups of students working on them each day.
Sebghati appointed her top art students — Syd Schultz, Lizzy Meyer, Leanna Scharber, Kelly Schroeder and Nicole Magnuson — to come up with designs. There was a sun scene, a bird cage, fish jumping, a tree, daffodils, leaves and a butterfly.
“We chose nature scenes, Minnesota nature,” said the teacher.
“It was cool to work with different mediums,” said Schultz, who normally draws and paints. “It was fun to mix it up a little bit.”
Arnold, Minneapolis-based artist, has worked with school and community groups around the state for several years. Rogers Elementary and Great River Regional Library are two other local venues with mosaics from her week-long projects.