Bridging Boundaries

  • The City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission is proud to sponsor the annual selection of artwork by Pasadena Unified School District students. The highlighted work is selected from “No Boundaries’, the PUSD district wide art exhibition. Each artwork is chosen by a panel of Arts Commission members and community arts professionals. The Arts Commission’s “Bridging Boundaries” exhibition represents the twelfth year of commitment to the collaborative partnership among PUSD, the City of Pasadena and local arts and culture institutions to provide high quality, sequential, standards-based arts curriculum to all students. Through supporting No Boundaries, the Arts & Culture Commission provides additional exposure for these student works to reaffirm a dedication to this partnership. The participation of the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division reminds viewers of the vital role that the arts play, not only in our schools, but in our community as an extension of life-long learning.

Finding My Inner Peace

Finding My Inner Peace

Finding My Inner Peace
Tia Reed
John Muir High School Early College Magnet, 11th, Ms. Lake

Wild Street Cat

Wild Street Cat
My street cat eats garbage from the streets. He's wild and chases the trucks on the street.

Wild Street Cat
Gabriel Cornell
Altadena Arts Magnet, Kindergarten, Ms. Webb

How to Ride a Bike and Boy

How to Ride a Bike and Boy
Students illustrated their informational texts by using a printmaking technique.

How to Ride a Bike and Boy
Zacariah Lee and Calvin Kenny
McKinley School, 2nd, Ms. Totaro

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
Leslie Orozco
John Muir High School Early College Magnet, 12th, Ms. Lake

Nani

Nani
I drew this in honor of my grandmother. I looked up to her and still do. She was someone who would always be there
for me. There isn't a day that
goes by where I don't think
about her.

Nani
Cheyenne Holguin Ochoa
Marshall Fundamental, 7th, Ms. Daarina

Uh Oh Politics

Uh Oh Politics
Many kids like me do not
know a lot about politics. I just know there is a president. I think kids like me should learn about politics because someday we
will vote for the future president.

Uh Oh Politics
Emma Cruz
Sierra Madre Middle School, 6th, Ms. Yocum

The Best View in Japan

The Best View in Japan
Last year I went to see cherry blossoms with my mom in
Japan and I wanted to draw this beautiful view to share it with everyone.

The Best View in Japan
Sumire Osaki
Blair IB, 10th, Ms. Martinez

A Path in the Woods

A Path in the Woods
This artwork expresses my love
of nature. My family goes on
hikes often and I love looking at the landscapes while we're walking.

A Path in the Woods
Julia Hughes
Blair IB, 7th, Ms. Martinez

Hidden

Hidden
In my artwork, the person is coming out of the shadows and becoming more visible and
that's supposed to represent acceptance and confidence.

Hidden
Chloe Devalos
Blair IB, 7th, Ms. Martinez

Seashells By The Seashore

Seashells By The Seashore
I chose the shells that looked
the most interesting to me and arranged the to look like shells
on a pile of sand. I added shells from a bowl at home.

Seashells By The Seashore
Leonardo Mota
Pasadena High School, 12th, Mr. Dirks

Small Desert

Small Desert
Warm colors were used on the vase compared to the cool colors in the background.

Small Desert
Eduardo Maroto-Campos
Willard Elementary, 5th, Ms. Rosales

Fruit Cup

Fruit Cup
This piece was a still life done in class, of a cup with various fruits surrounding it—a study of perspective, light, and shadow.

Fruit Cup
Bria Brown
Pasadena High School, 10th, Ms. Gorecki

Treehouse

Treehouse
I wanted to portray an image of harmonious balance between the natural world and the mark of human civilization. I would like the audience to be inspired by the dignified form of living while still maintaining the integrity of the surroundings.

Treehouse
Celeste Edell
Pasadena High School, 10th, Ms. Gorecki

Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculpture
The original assignment was to create a design using cut paper.
I decided to create a sculpture using layers of repeating forms. The sculpture references a mandala.

Paper Sculpture
Kishonn Dickson
McKinley School, 8th, Mr. Bonoli

One and Only

One and Only

One and Only
Nevada Cruz
Eliot Arts Magnet, 8th, Mr. Moya

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait
This is an artwork based on a picture I took of myself.
I would like to thank Mr. Moya
for motivating me.

Self-Portrait
Tobias Mitchell
Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, 8th, Mr. Moya

Oaxaca

Oaxaca
This artwork is about my birth place, Oaxaca. My mother
brought an Alebrije, they are brightly colored Mexican folk
art sculptures of fantastical creatures.

Oaxaca
Emmanuel De Jesus Gonzalez
Pasadena High School, 11th, Ms. Gorecki

Piercing Motionless

Piercing Motionless
This piece is about a man
looking into you. It was a piece
for my art class as a project.
I want people to know that this piece was really fun to make
and I thoroughly enjoyed
working with charcoal.

Piercing Motionless
Leylanni Olmos
Marshall Fundamental, 12th, Mr. Rendon

Turtle Pond

Turtle Pond
This piece was inspired by the serenity I felt as a child while I
was in nature. I wanted to create
a calm, innocent feeling with the little girl playing with the turtle.

Turtle Pond
Pearl Richardson
Marshall Fundamental, 11th, Mr. Rendon

Happy Place, Sad Place

Happy Place, Sad Place
I made this art piece because
I was inspired by Pablo Picasso.
I tried to make the face look like
it had a happy side and a
sad side.

Happy Place, Sad Place
Kaya Harris
Willard Elementary School, 3rd, Ms. Novelo

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait
I would say that rainbows and comics definitely inspired me!
I was afraid that I would not
make it and not finish, but here
I am now and I did!

Self-Portrait
Aliah Samhat
Eliot Arts Magnet, 6th, Mr. Moya

Pen and Ink Flower

Pen and Ink Flower
I used fresh flower and a vase
as a reference to sketch out the basic shapes. I tried to start light and basic and made it more detailed as I went along. I used different techniques to fill the flower with value and tried to put my perspective on paper.

Pen and Ink Flower
Lucy Hunt
Sierra Madre Middle School, 6th, Ms. Yocum

Picasso Self-Portrait

Picasso Self-Portrait
Pablo Picasso is my most
favorite artist. He makes things differently just like me.
That's what I love about myself and Picasso. We do things differently. I love art so much.
I love Pablo Picasso too.

Picasso Self-Portrait
Melony Calderon
Willard Elementary, 3rd, Ms. Degroof

Night Moon

Night Moon
I made this piece of art because
I love the night sky. I really like cats. Art is my favorite class.

Night Moon
Cinthia Garcia
Altadena Arts Magnet, 2nd, Ms. Bolton

Memories

Memories
My art piece is a drawing of
three things that are important to me, my phone, DS, and a necklace. Each item is important as they each hold a memory that
is important to me.

Memories
Rosaleena Guilloto
Marshall Fundamental, 10th, Mr. Rendon

The Spiral

The Spiral
Inspired by, The Spiral, a creek Indian tapestry.

The Spiral
Benjamin Velazco
San Rafael Elementary School, 5th, Ms. Angie

Long Neck

Long Neck
Combination of 3 artists:
Junji Ito, Rokurokubi, and
Yayoi Kusama.

Long Neck
America Niebla
John Muir High School Early College Magnet, 11th, Ms. Lake

Untitled

Untitled
This project was created for an assignment about identity. We collected images that related to identity, we then cut them up and merged them into a collage.
Lastly, we selected one section and drew that section in pencil.

Untitled
Brianna Casanova
Marshall Fundamental, 12th, Mr. Rendon

Untitled

Untitled
The fox represents a part of who
I am. The fox is a quiet, sneaky animal and they mostly do their own thing. The background I did was the Northern Lights and
snow because I wanted somewhere a fox is usually in.

Untitled
Kathy Quiroz
Pasadena High School, 11th, Ms. Gorecki

Embodiment of the Centennial Rose Parade Float

Embodiment of the Centennial Rose Parade Float
Starting with the purple banner, held by the Statue of Liberty,
the words are those in the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. It also states "100th Anniversary," "Women's Rights," and "Centennial." These phrases/words are important to
me and I believe they should be included in this poster.

Embodiment of the Centennial Rose Parade Float
Emma Tschida
Blair IB, 9th, Ms. Martinez

Two Sides of Me

Two Sides of Me
My art was inspired by
Rembrandt because he was
known for realism and shading. Rembrandt was well known for
his self-portraits. We learned
about Rembrandt and looked at
his painting then we did our self portrait. Half of the picture was a real picture of me the other half was drawn by me.

Two Sides of Me
Matthew Quevedo
Don Benito Fundamental, 4th, Ms. Annett

The Green Man

The Green Man
I was inspired by a portrait on another reclaimed canvas.
I wanted to challenge myself by sticking to one color as much as possible while showing depth in the mans facial characteristics.

The Green Man
Caydence Arellano
John Muir High School College Early Magnet, 11th, Ms. Lake

Tiempo en Mesopotamia

Tiempo en Mesopotamia
La conexion entre mi tira cómica
y la civilizacion de Mesopotamia
es que mi tira comica se trata de los sumerios y sus civilizaciones en Mesopotamia.

Tiempo en Mesopotamia
Hazel Vukojevich
Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy, 6th, Mr. Trapp

Ugly Rat

Ugly Rat
The inspiration behind this
piece was the relationship
between my sister and her dog. She calls him "ugly rat" when
he seeks attention.

Ugly Rat
Andrea Navarro
Marshall Fundamental, 11th, Mr. Rendon

Pop Art

Pop Art
It's pop art with sharpie and inspired by a famous artist
known as Andy Warhol. It was really fun to draw and color.

Pop Art
Raymond Luis
Eliot Arts Magnet, 7th, Mr. Moya

Amate Art

Amate Art
Inspired by the native art
of Mexico.

Amate Art
Ximena Hernandez
San Rafael Elementary, 5th, Ms. Angie

Monet Reflection

Monet Reflection
I want people to feel happy
when they look at this piece
of art. This shows how the trees are reflected in the water. I was trying to copy the style of Monet.

Monet Reflection
Nicholas St. Angelo
Willard Elementary, 2nd, Ms. Penny

Expression

Expression
I was inspired by my love
for dance and expression.
It became really important to me when starting high school.

Expression
Isabelle Chow
Pasadena High School, 12th, Mr. Dirks

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
Denzel Carter
McKinley School, 5th, Ms. Beale

Self-Care

Self-Care
I was inspired by my love for the
late 90s/early 2000s. I got the reference picture for this piece from a magazine from that era.
I want to normalize men participating in self care, which is sometimes socially challenging.

Self-Care
Ava Chamberlin
Pasadena High School, Mr. Dirks

Just Climb Up Your Ladder, I'll Throw Down My Rope

Just Climb Up Your Ladder,
I'll Throw Down My Rope

My art has so much meaning
to it, more than you might think. When I look at it, it's me showing the world my pain and turning it into something beautiful.

Just Climb Up Your Ladder, I'll Throw Down My Rope
Aaliyah Sevajian
Pasadena High School, 10th, Ms. Gorecki

My Self-Portrait

My Self-Portrait
I was thinking of my face when I was drawing. If you try your best, you will draw good.

My Self-Portrait
Maaliyah Ruiz
Field Elementary, 2nd, Ms. Kim

Wonder

Wonder
Does our child-like wonder fade
as we age? I captured the silly
yet candid expressions of children then had adults recreate them.

Wonder
Millie Root
Marshall Fundamental, 12th, Mr. Rendon

Light

Light
The light bulb captures the essence of progression and creativity. As for the crab, it's the identity that represents the way
I perceive to be.

Light
Betzaida Ledezria
Pasadena High School, 11th, Ms. Gorecki