Students experience Henna Tattoos

Freelance artist Jessica Rassel recently demonstrated Henna tattooing to 5th grade students at Wilson Elementary school. Jessica is part of the Wilson Guest Artist Series where local artists from the Sheboygan area are showcased each month. Jessica said, “Henna tattooing is a tradition of self adornment and honoring rites of passages. Henna is ideal for weddings, pregnancies, graduations, birthday parties and celebrations of all kinds to highlight the importance of bonding with loved ones and the ritual of self-care.” Henna paste is a natural plant based material that comes in cone shaped packaging. Many people have compared the henna packaging to a pastry piping bag. The unique feature of henna is that the dye goes through color changes on a day to day basis usually lasting around 2 weeks.  

Wilson students were able to watch Jessica give live  Henna Tattoo demonstrations on Wilson staff members, Lisa Renzelmann, Donna Nienhuis and Charles Renzelmann. “Students were amazed by the amount of detail and steadiness and it took to create each Henna tattoo,” said art teacher Brian Sommersberger. After the presentation, students came up with their own henna tattoo designs and drew them on a printed pictures of their arms or hands.
In addition to creating Henna tattoos, Jessica specializes in graphic design, illustration and painting both residential and public murals in the community. For inquiries contact Jessica at


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