Methow Arts has put together easy to use art videos made by our local and regional teaching artists. These videos are targeted at students in grades K-6 who are in remote learning situations. All videos have a suggested target grade, but depending on the child and the amount of parental support available, any given lesson is adaptable for younger or older grades. Click around, see what your child is drawn to, and then give those lessons a try! Let us know what you think.
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PUBLIC ART TOURS (all ages/family)
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Our public art tours feature artists in our partner communities (Brewster, Pateros, Omak, Okanogan, Methow Valley, Leavenworth) talking about familiar art pieces in public places.
FOUNDATIONS (all ages)
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Creating and understanding art relies on a familiarity with the “Elements & Principles of Art,” such as line, pattern, color, shape, and form. Our Foundations Lessons guide you through creating a piece of art while focusing on specific elements and principles of art.
GRADES 2-3: MAKE ART
Having a Dream: Window Hearts (K-2nd grade)
Artist Christa Culbert honors the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by showing you how to create heart-shaped pieces of art that express what you would dream of if you could change something in the world.(visual arts)
Materials: paper, scissors, pencil, crayons/colored pencils/markers, tape
Martin’s Big Words
Having a Dream: Freedom Quilts (3rd-6th grade)
Artist Bethany Wray honors the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping you create painted quilt squares that express your dreams for a better world. This lesson references the legend of the Underground Railroad Quilts. See resources at the bottom of this description for more information. (visual arts)
Materials: square paper, watercolor set, water, paper towel, crayons/oil pastels, marker
Learn to Juggle (all ages/family)
Juggling isn’t easy, but it can be learned in 3 steps and a lot of practice. Longtime juggler Rob Crandall walks you through the steps to becoming a juggler. (performing arts)
Materials: 3 things to juggle such as tennis balls or baseballs, bean bags, or small oranges (ask an adult if this is ok) or use snowballs outside!
Follow this link to create your own juggling balls out of rice and balloons.
Paul Klee Cityscape (K-2nd grade)
Artist Bethany Wray shows you how to make a painting of geometric buildings inspired by Swiss-born German artist Paul Klee. (visual arts)
Materials:paper, watercolor paint set, pencil/crayon/marker, brush, water, paper towel household items that are shaped like circles, rectangles, triangles, squares. If you can’t readily find objects in these shapes, cut up an old cereal or cracker box to use as stencils.
Chickadee (3rd-6th grade)
Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to sketch a bird often seen and heard in the North Cascades: the chickadee.
Materials: pencil, paper, eraser
Doodle Tree Forest (K-3rd grade)
Artist Amber Zimmerman continues working with the concepts of LINE and PATTERN by showing you how to draw a Doodle Tree Forest. (visual art)
Materials: paper, pencil, eraser, watercolor set, water (or colored pencils, markers, crayons)
Winter Light (K-2nd grade)
Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to paint the flickering flame of a candle.
Materials: paper, watercolor set, brush, water cup, crayons/oil pastels, paper towel (optional)
Polar Bears in Sweaters (3rd-6th grade)
How do polar bears stay warm? They wear sweaters, of course! Artist Amber Zimmerman helps you learn about line and pattern as you create your own polar bear sweater designs using geometric shapes and bright colors. (visual art)
Materials: watercolor set, water cup, pencil, black marker, eraser
Japanese Nōtan-Inspired Snowflakes (K-3rd grade)
Artist Bethany Wray uses the Japanese Nōtan style to make striking snowflakes. Nōtan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery.
Materials: round container (or a plate) to trace around, scissors, glue, pencil, white paper, colored paper OR instead of colored paper you can use old magazines or a piece of a cereal box–you just need light paper for the snowflake and a dark surface to place it on
Pointillist Landscape (grades K-3)
Evolving from Impressionism, Pointillismis a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Learn about the artist technique of Pointillism and create a pointillist landscape with teaching artist Bethany Wray. (visual arts)
Materials: watercolors, water, brush, Qtips, paper, pencil (optional: masking tape, black marker)
Two-Word Poem (grades K-3+)
Classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, and remote parent teachers alike will have fun facilitating this two-word poem lesson with students. Designed by educator Anne Andersen, the lesson can be centered on any theme and can be expanded by simply adding additional words. (literary arts)
Materials: paper/journal, pencil/pen
Holiday Heart Maps/Poems (all ages/family)
Teaching artist Anne Andersen shows you how to map the things you hold dear in your heart, using a lesson from poet Georgia Heard as inspiration. This could be a meaningful family activity during the holidays. (visual & literary art)
Materials: something to write on & something to write with (optional–markers, crayons, or colored pencils)
Red Poppies for Veterans Day (all ages)
*parental support suggested for younger students
Sculptor and painter Bruce Morrison guides you through painting red poppies in honor of war veterans. (visual art)
Materials: paper, blue or black crayon, watercolor paint set, brush, water cup
Simple Self Portrait (grades K-2+)
Artist Bruce Morrison teaches you how to draw and paint a portrait of yourself. (visual art)
Materials: paper, crayons, watercolor set, water container (optional–mirror)
Abstract Happiness (grades K-3)
Play a drawing game with teaching artist Christa Culbertto create an abstract art piece that expresses happiness. (visual art)
Materials: paper, crayons/colored pencils/markers
Neighborhood Map (grades 2-3)*
Most authors recommend “Write what you know.” Anne Andersen helps you write a piece that focuses on things you know and things you’ve experienced. (literary arts)
*We suggest participating in this video in two or three sessions.
Materials: paper, pencil/pen
Nature Walk (grades 2-3)
Artist Christa Culbert takes you on a nature walk and shows you how to sketch plants. (visual art)
Materials: pencil/pen, paper or journal/sketchpad, markers or colored pencils, a plant guidebook (optional–you can also use the internet)
When I was Young writing lesson (grades 2-3)
Anne Andersen guides you through memoir writing–a writing exercise that asks you to draw on your own memories. (literary arts)
Materials: pencil/pen, paper
Draw a Cat (grades 2-3)
Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to draw cats. (visual art)
Materials:paper, crayons or colored pencils, picture of a cat (optional)
Sketch a Horse…or a Dragon! (grades 2-3)
Artist and equestrian Christa Culbert shows you how to sketch a horse….or a dragon or a unicorn! (visual art)
Materials: paper, pencil, a flat surface to work onG