My name is Astra Patterson and I have been teaching art and computer graphics at Benson for 30 plus years.  I believe that Benson is one of the best high schools in the State of Nebraska.  The students here are talented, generous, and very friendly.  We are a "family" through and through.  The students in the Art Department are known for "bringing home the gold" in art competitions and continue this trend of excellence year after year.  The entire art staff is dedicated, hard-working and skilled in various art media.

Benson High is very proud to have the only  Design Academy at the high school level in the State of Nebraska.  This is a four-year program dedicated to preparing students for possible careers in the art, design, and creative building skills industry.  We have an updated iMac lab that includes state of the art computers, software, 3-D printers, laser cut printers, and other equipment used by this academy.  

I personally like to do pastel portraits and have completed many for family and friends.  I also do commission work of most subjects.   I have included a gallery showing some of my recent personal work. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our department or programs.

Staff Schedule

A Day B Day
1st BlockA Art 3-4, Art 7-8 1st Block
Art 5-6, AP Art
2nd Block
Art 3-4, Art 7-8 2nd Block
3rd Block
3rd Block
4th Block
Art 1-2, Art 5-6
4th Block
Art 3-4, Art 7-8, AP Art
5th Block
Plan Period
5th Block
Art 1-2

Mrs. Patterson

Contact Info

Astra Patterson
Art Instructor