ARTS RWC: New Mural At Roosevelt School

Artists and Community Groups create mural for children at RWC School.


Everyone loves art and everyone loves kids, so a project to paint a mural on the wall of Theodore Roosevelt School in Redwood City was a winner from the get go! Here is the story of how our wonderful Redwood City Community united to create this marvelous work of art.

The mural was conceived to provide the Roosevelt School students visual variety as well as a basis for history and environmental lessons. This work was executed as a group effort by the Redwood City Art Center in conjunction with the teachers, students and parents, Second Mile, the Peninsula Covenant Church, and many other community volunteers.

The mural depicts some of the life of President Theodore Roosevelt for which the school is named.  The mural shows Teddy as a Rough Rider in the Spanish American War, “Old Faithful” in Yellowstone National Park, which inspired President Roosevelt to establish the National Parks System. It also depicts California’s amazing Yosemite’s Half Dome where Roosevelt conferred with Ansel Adams; the buffalo and horses of the Plains and Dakotas where he had his ranch, and the many animals, birds, flora and fauna indigenous to that region and Redwood City. Roosevelt came to California and visited the Queen of the Missions in Santa Barbara (the 4th graders study mission history) and the Native American people are also represented with a traditional feathers and conch. Mount  Rushnore is also shown in all its glory!

 The original concept drawing was done by Alisan Andrews, a Society of Western Artists signature artist, and further developed with Redwood City Art Center's Tom Chapman, a retired jockey and famous artist of horses and animals. Catherine Delfs, who is affiliated with the  Sequoia Art Group contributed her expertise with the drawing and painting of small animals and birds.

This mural will be a long-lasting beautiful representation of a community of people coming together in support of our local schools and the education of our children.

The mural was completed on the weekend of October 6 and 7th while 300 vounteers spent the time painting, planting, cleaning and otherwise beautifying the grounds, classrooms, library, and offices. The works were funded by Second Mile. 

Thanks to the volunteers!  The group of volunteers from the Art Center and the community is as follows: Tom Chapman, Alisan Andrews, Carolyn Jones, Lindsay Hogue, Lisette Lugo, Barbara Britschgi, Amy King, Laurie Johnson, and Duke Collins, Ro Fischer, Tania Gaspar, Sadie Rhen, Anna DeVitis, Michaela Vellono, Arya Mason, Juan Perez, Yahaira Varga, Zoe Mason, Michelle Bejarano, Lara Elcavage, Diana Klendrick, Karen Johnson, Beth Lau, and Cheryl Vistnes from North Star, Brentwood, Sequoia H.S., Roosevelt, Gunn H.S. and Peninsula Covenant Church.

Wanna see it?  Contact the school to arrange a visit: Roosevelt School,  2223 Vera Avenue, Redwood City

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 3:30pm   Office Phone:     650-369-5597 

Bravo to all involved!


Remember to always follow your h'art!







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Elfi Altendorfer November 08, 2012 at 03:25 AM
a really great piece of Art - I love it just stopped by to take a closer look. Great work ! Thanks for writing about it !
Trish Taylor November 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I'm a Roosevelt parent and I volunteer a lot at school and I have to say that the mural is absolutely fabulous! The kids love it and point out new things they see every time they pass it on the way down to the cafeteria or on the way to the library. The children that worked on it also love to point out the sections that they painted. It's a beautiful history lesson and a wonderful example for the kids on giving back to the community. A big thank you to all of the artists for doing this for our school! (I also took pictures of it while it was being worked on that I'd be happy to upload)
Beth Mostovoy November 11, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Thanks for the comments. It is amazing what public art can do to and for a community. It is wonderful all the lives that have been touched by this mural and will continue ot be touched. What a great investment that makes a difference. Trish, I would love for you to upload the picture, and we are glad you and the kids are loving it!
Sharon Levin November 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Orion School has had their 4th graders do a mural for the past 9 years and it's such a wonderful experience. It means the children feel an ownership of their school and a permanent connection to it. One of our mothers had a t-shirt (or the mural) made for all the kids the first year it was done (very cool) and another had stationery made. Very cool.


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