Give NCW to Methow Arts – FREE Programs for students in 5 school districts


CLICK HERE TO DONATE ACCESS ART: Support Arts Education for Students in Your School Support students in your school district by helping to fund FREE Arts Education Programs for students in the following school districts: Omak, Okanogan, Paschal Sherman Indian School, Pateros, Brewster. We need your help! Be a part of ensuring that a child’s… [Read More]

Traditional art forms enhance Native American studies at Okanogan County elementary schools

Winter 2018

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In 2015, Washington became the second state (after Montana) to require Native American Studies as part of a public school education, but offered few resources toward delivering a tribal curriculum; schools were simply directed to “Collaborate with federally recognized Indian tribes within or neighboring district boundaries” and to teach a tribal sovereignty curriculum. Virginia Grainger… [Read More]

East Omak Elementary 4th Graders Create Winter Scenes with Felted Wool

December 2017

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Fourth graders at East Omak Elementary School combined fiber arts with their perspectives on winter in a felted wool residency. Working with teaching artist Annie Venable, students explored the process of wet felting. First, students spent time observing and reflecting on the colors, traditions, and themes of winter. Next, they composed pieces of writing describing their observations. Some wrote poems… [Read More]

The Art of Poetry

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In the winter of 2017, Brewster 5th graders participated in a 5-week poetry residency, working with Methow Arts teaching poet Kelleigh McMillan. Students became familiar with “painting pictures with words” and with relating their emotions to the natural world. Each week they experimented with a different poetic concept: simile, metaphor, free verse, stanza, etc. Students wrote poems… [Read More]

Methow Kids’ Fishing Day 2017

Sat, June 10, 10-2pm, 2017

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WATER PROVIDES Partnership blends art and environmental education for interdisciplinary learning An original block print design by Methow Valley sixth grade student Dusten Smith will be featured on t-shirts commemorating the 2017 Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day, which is part of National Fishing and Boating Week. Additional designs were chosen to be featured on posters that… [Read More]

Still Life Paintings Brim with Color

Winter 2017


Using sketching and acrylic painting techniques fourth grade students at Methow Valley Elementary School created still life compositions through a Methow Arts Artist-in-Residence program. Teaching artist Deirdre Cassidy showed students a diversity of examples throughout art history and taught them about the nature of the content in still life compositions. In this residency students explored… [Read More]

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