One Art in the Park project that stands out for her was called "Float your Boat." Students made their own boats and, with a string attached, they set the boats asail in the pond. Another fun project was fort building in Big Rock Park.
"It was a lot of fun to see that creativity," Robertson said.
The material used for the center's art projects is often donated. If not used for an art project, some of it may have ended up in the landfill. By reusing the material, it gains new life as something great, even if it's only temporary. For instance, Robertson remembers receiving a shipment of old trophies, which her students used to make their own awards for different things.
"We're that place for stuff you just can't keep," Robertson said. "Mostly, it's about giving stuff a new life."
Each year, the center fills a gallery with the art from its talented students. Every young student is encouraged to make at least one project extra special, so that piece can be used in the art show. Collection for the show begins early each year.
Registration has begun for summer classes. Robertson said the earlier you register, the better. Registration can be completed online at http://www.cityofpella.com. Class availability and times are dependent upon the instructors' schedules.
The support of volunteers, and those seeking college credit, is greatly appreciated at the center. Robertson said Central College students "do a ton of work" at the center, often for pay or credit. She would like to have more assistants for adult classes, and says working at the center can look good on a resume.
If you have an interest in a particular kind of art, and would like to teach or learn more about it, contact the center at 641-628-4571 and talk to Brenda Ross.