Students at Roseville High School create art for peace in Ukraine

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Created through a collaboration between several art classes, the panels are a way for students to process their feelings about the war in Ukraine.

ROSEVILLE, CA – Brightly colored blue and yellow panels line one of the hallways at Roseville High School (RHS) showcasing a new art installation called “Panels for Peace.”

Created through a collaboration between several art classes, the panels are a way for students to process their feelings about the war in Ukraine.

“We have many students and staff who are affected by this event and art is a great way to treat and heal,” said Patricia Leong, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator at RHS.

Leong said the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is a lot for students to deal with.

“Art has been used throughout history to bring about change, to inspire and to help provide an outlet for emotions in the face of difficult issues,” Leong said.

Joyce Henry, art professor at RHS, said the process of creating visual art can allow people to access parts of the mind that otherwise remain inaccessible.

“The ability to use the universal language of art is a powerful tool, which we work to develop as much as they can so they can take it with them into the world,” Henry said.

Henry said the conversation about peace in his classes extends beyond Ukraine.

“Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Venezuela are some of the many places where we’ve talked about conflict, where ordinary people live in fear and danger,” Henry said.

Leong said around 300 students have worked on the project, and the response from students and staff has been very positive.

“The signs will remind us that other faraway people (in many places around the world) are fighting for their lives for their land and their freedom, and our hearts are with them,” Leong said.

The panels were installed on March 25 and will be on display until the end of April, according to Leong.

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