Art Videos – Grades K-1

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.


Find more art activities, lessons and inspirations from us at Methow Arts by CLICKING HERE.

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 K-1: MAKE ART

Intro to Breakdancing, TopRock Part 4 (all ages/Performing Arts)

Keep working on your toprock with Bboy Hero, Miguel Renteria, as he introduces another step in this intro to breaking dance series.

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This is part of a series. If you haven’t begun the Intro to Breakdancing series yet, start HERE and scroll down to the breakdancing lessons.

Materials: space around you, comfortable clothing


Dance On! Intermediate/Advanced Choreography (all ages/Performing Arts)

Ready to try some harder choreography? Dancer and teaching artist Lyndsay Frady takes it up a notch in this dance that works with any song with an 8 count. This lesson is accessible to all ages, but is designed for those with a basic background in dance/movement. You can find less advanced dance lessons
HERE.

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Materials: space around you, comfortable clothing


Tumble Mustard (grades K-2)

Plants like tumble mustard are not “bad” plants, but they don’t belong in Okanogan and Chelan counties, and they can take over the habitat of native plants. Plants like tumble mustard are called invasive species. In this video, learn to identify and paint tumble mustard with teaching artist Christa Culbert. Once you know what it looks like, you can help pull it out of the ground when you find it!

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Learn more about tumble mustard and other invasive species HERE:

Materials: paper, watercolor set, water, paper towel (optional)


Let’s Dance! Part III (all ages/Performing Arts)

Teaching artist, dancer, and Merc Playhouse Executive Director Missi Smith introduces you to some dance steps that can be used with a wide range of music: musical theatre, jazz, hip hop…whatever you like to listen and move to, as long as it has an 8-count beat.

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If you find this video too complicated, we encourage you to begin with Let’s Dance Part 1 HERE.

Materials: space around you, bare feet, sneakers, or jazz shoes, waterbottle (optional)


Bird Fest Poster Art (all ages)

Leavenworth’s annual Bird Fest celebrates the return of migratory birds in the midst of peak wildflower season. Participants enjoy the excitement of birding field trips and workshops, and take part in speaker events, music, visual arts, picnics, and activities for all ages and abilities. Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit bird art made with watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons, collage, or any other 2-dimensional materials. Deadline Wed. Mar. 31, 2020.

CLICK HERE for bird art instruction videos and contest details


Newsprint Birds (all ages)

Artist Amber Zimmerman uses a fun “canvas” as she walks you through painting a robin and a Mountain Bluebird on newsprint. Other fun canvases are old book pages or old sheet music, but make sure to ask an adult if it’s ok to use something before you rip it out of a book or start painting on it! (Shiny magazine pages won’t work–they don’t absorb paint.)

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Materials: newsprint, watercolor set, black marker or crayon, water cup (optional–glue and construction paper)


P. Zonka Chicken  (all ages)

Artist Christa Culbert uses Julie Paschkis’s book “P. Zonka Lays an Egg” as inspiration for this chicken-friendly art activity that uses a traditional Ukrainian folk art style. (Although chickens are technically birds, we suspect a chicken painting won’t win the Bird Fest contest. Use this lesson just for fun!)

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Materials: paper, pencil, black marker or crayon, watercolor set, water cup, paper towel (optional)


Seed to Sprout (grades K-3)  

Teaching artist Jim Anderson uses pumpkin seeds as models for drawing the cycle of a plant from seed to sprout. This lesson complements school garden (or home garden) learning.

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Materials: paper, pencil, eraser, seeds (optional), colored pencils (optional)


Intro to Breakdance III: Back Step (all ages/Performing Arts)

Teaching artist and breakdancer Miguel Renteria teaches you the back step–a fundamental component of breakdancing. (If you haven’t completed Parts I or II yet, click HERE).

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You’ll need: open space and music you’d like to dance to


Upcycled Flowers (all ages/family)

Teaching artist Amber Zimmerman guides you in transforming recyclables into fun, unique flowers. A fun family activity to welcome spring!

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Materials: aluminum foil, yarn or string, cardboard, markers, scissors, tape.


Everyday Objects (K-1st grade)

Artist Christa Culbert knows that art can be silly and fun. Join her to make some everyday items around your house into artsy friends. You’ll get really good at drawing eyes in this lesson!

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Materials: household objects that are ok to put tape on (kitchen utensils, dish towels, shoes, etc.), scissors, paper, black pen or crayon/pencil, tape, rubber bands or twist ties (optional)


Intro to Breakdance II: Side Step (all ages/Performing Arts)

Teaching artist and breakdancer Miguel Renteria teaches you the side step–a fundamental component of breakdancing. (If you haven’t completed Part I yet, click HERE).

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You’ll need: open space and music you’d like to dance to


Texture Relief (all ages/Fundamentals)

Artist Bethany Wray uses household materials to help you understand the concept of texture.

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Materials: aluminum foil, yarn or string, cardboard, markers, scissors, tape.


Inspirational Women (K-3rd grade)

Artist Christa Culbert uses author Juliet Mendendez’s book “Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers” as inspiration for a painting that celebrates an inspiring woman in your own life. The book celebrates 40 women from the US and Latin America who have been influential in science, art, athletics, politics, and other venues.

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Materials: paper, watercolor set (or crayons or colored pencils, water cup, napkin/paper towel, pencil & eraser


The Snowy Day (K-2nd grade)—visual art and writing lesson

Artist Amber Zimmerman uses Ezra Jack Keats’ award-winning children’s book “The Snowy Day” as inspiration for a resist painting. The video includes a read-aloud of “The Snowy Day.”

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Materials: paper, watercolors, water cup, crayons


Circle Story: a writing lesson to accompany The Snowy Day visual art lesson above (K-2nd grade)

Teaching artist Anne Andersen uses Ezra Jack Keat’s award-winning “The Snowy Day” book as a mentor text for a writing lesson for young writers.

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The video includes a read-aloud of “The Snowy Day.” If you just watched the read-aloud when you did the painting lesson above, you can skip the video ahead to minute 5:23.

Materials: paper/journal and pencil/pen


Color as Time of Day (all ages/Fundamentals)

Artist Christa Culbert explores two different pieces of artwork that show you how color can be used to express time of day, and then guides you through creating a comic strip that conveys a sense of time.

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You’ll focus on Chinami Nakajima’s “Weeping Cherry at Kozenji Temple” and “Miharu Takizakura Spring Night.”

Materials: paper, pencil, watercolor set, water cup, paper towel (optional)


Understanding Emotion through Art (K-1st grade)

Art can help us process emotions, even when they are complicated. Artist Christa Culbert helps us understand how art can be used to make sense of our emotions.

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Materials: paper, something to color with (crayons/colored pencils/markers/watercolors)


Animal Tracks (K-1st grade)

Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to make fingerprint animal tracks using familiar animal prints from Central Washington.

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Materials: watercolors, water, brush, paper towel


Intro to Breakdance: Top Rock part 1 (all ages/performing arts)

Teaching artist and breakdancer “Bboy Hero” Miguel Renteria breaks down breakdance for you with a very basic step. You’ll learn the crossover, which is a foundation of breakdance. Miguel has been dancing since he was 12, he has competed in breakdance battles, and has taught breakdance at schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.

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