Art Videos – Grades 4-6

School Year 2020.2021

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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We’d love see your artwork! Please send us scans at info@methowartsalliance.org. Thank you.


PUBLIC ART TOURS (all ages/family)

CLICK HERE for our Public Art Tours (all ages/family)

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)

CLICK HERE for our Foundations Lessons (all ages)

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 4-6: MAKE ART

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)

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Materials: square paper, watercolor set, water, paper towel, crayons/oil pastels, marker

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Martin’s Big Words

I have a dream speech recited by children

PBS Resources for How to talk about race and racism with your children

Underground Railroad Quilts


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)

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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.


Chickadee (3rd-6th grade)

Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to sketch a bird often seen and heard in the North Cascades: the chickadee.

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We suggest working with our “The Value of Value” (shading) video below, so that your chickadee sketch can incorporate more contrast. YouTube link or Vimeo link.

Materials: pencil, paper, eraser


The Value of Value (4th-6th grade)

Artist Amber Zimmerman explores the concept of VALUE–the lightness or darkness of

something. (visual art)

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Materials:paper, pencil (or colored pencil)


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)

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Materials: watercolor set, water cup, pencil, black marker, eraser


Radial Symmetry Snowflake (4th-6th grade)

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Artist Bethany Way teaches you about the concept of “symmetry” and shows you how to create a watercolor resist painting of a snowflake. (visual arts)

Materials: paper, crayons or oil pastels, pencil, watercolor set with brush and water container, ruler, a round object like a plate, optional–salt (just regular table salt)


Drawing Motion (grades 4-6+)

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Learn the basic elements of creating motion in drawings with teaching artist Christa Culbert. Starting with simple lines, Christa illuminates how small details can animate your figures. (visual arts)

Materials: 2 pieces scratch paper, pencil


Thankful Tree (grades 3-6/family)

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Artist Amber Zimmerman helps you express your gratitude in a colorful way. This could be a Thanksgiving activity for your family–meaningful for all ages. (visual art)

Materials: paper, pen/pencil, watercolor paint set or colored pencils or crayons, marker or crayon


Holiday Heart Maps/Poems (all ages/family)

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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)

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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


Nature Sketching Inside the Box (grades 4-6)

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Author/illustrator Hannah Viano teaches you how to take a specimen from nature and create a nature journal entry using Harold the Horseshoe Crab.

Materials: paper, pen or pencil, colored pencil or watercolors or markers


Self Portrait (grades 4-6+) Part 2

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If you haven’t already done Part 1 of the self-portrait lesson, please do that first. Watch on YouTube or Watch on Vimeo

Then, in this lesson, artist Bethany Wray takes you to the second phase of drawing your own face, creating a self-portrait, in the style of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. (visual art)

Materials: crayons/markers/colored pencils, black marker, pencil, eraser


Monster Drawing (grades 4-6)

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Artist Amber Zimmerman shows you how to draw a monster–and later color it, if you wish. (visual art)

Materials: paper, pencil (optional–colored pencils, markers, crayons, or any other coloring materials)


Erasure Poem (grades 4-6+)

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Poet Subhaga Crystal Bacon teaches you how to create an “erasure poem”–poetry created from words left behind. (literary arts)

Materials: pencil/pen/marker, newspaper and/or magazine


Draw a Self-Portrait (grades 4-6+) Part 1

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Artist Bethany Wray teaches you how to draw your own face, creating a self-portrait. (visual art)

Materials: paper, pencil, eraser, mirror


The Important Thing (grades 4-6+)

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Educator Anne Andersen guides you through an autobiographical writing exercise called The Important Thing (literary arts)

Materials: paper/journal, pen/pencil


Nature Bugs (4th-6th grade)

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Artist Bethany Wray teaches you how to use objects found in nature to create 3D (3-dimensional) insects. (visual art, literacy)

Materials: piece of cardboard (or piece of cereal/cracker box), glue, sticks, leaves, small rocks, shells, seed pods, etc., a flat surface to work on