Education

Methow Valley 3rd graders bash art

June 2018

by Ashley Lodato Arts Education Director photos by Rachel Stratman Third grade students at Methow Valley Elementary School had no idea that they could make art using a rock and some flowers, but after a day of learning the Victorian art of flower bashing, they were sold on the process. No one confers as much… [Read More]

Student artwork installed at Mid Valley Hospital through collaboration with Methow Arts

June 2018-May 2019

Methow Arts announces the installation of the annual display of student artwork at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak. Working with Twisp artist Bruce Morrison, second grade students at Virginia Grainger Elementary School in Okanogan have painted enlarged versions of flowers in the Georgia O’Keeffe tradition, using oil pastels and watercolor paints. Eleven new original student works… [Read More]

Brewster 5th Graders Paint Pictures with Words

Spring 2018

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

Okanogan Students Integrate Plant Biology and Art in Field Journals Residency

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts In a unit that combined plant biology with field journalling, sketching, and botanical watercolors, Okanogan 5th graders observed, studied, drew, and painted plants and vegetation native to the Okanogan region. First, students worked with longtime Okanogan teacher and artist Jim Anderson to design and construct field journals using… [Read More]

Poetry Week at Liberty Bell Jr/Sr High

May 2018

What do you get when you put 7 teaching poets in a high school? You get Poetry Week, that’s what. “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” ~ Emily Dickinson The brainchild of Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School’s English department, Poetry Week (May… [Read More]

Methow Kids’ Fishing Day 2018

Sat, June 9, 10-2pm, 2018

CRITTERS IN THE RIVERS Partnership blends art and environmental education for interdisciplinary learning An original block print design by Methow Valley sixth grade student Dalton Evans will be featured on t-shirts commemorating the 2018 Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day, which is part of National Fishing and Boating Week. Additional designs were chosen to be featured… [Read More]

Students develop craft and broaden knowledge through still life composition residency

Winter 2018

by Ashley Lodato, Education Director 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.… [Read More]

And That’s Who I Am! collage residency at Methow Valley Elementary

Winter 2018

by Ashley Lodato, Education Director In March, Methow Valley Elementary 5th grade students explored the “Who We Are” unit of the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework through a collage residency with Methow Arts teaching artist Annie Venable. The concept was originally developed by 5th grade teachers Jennifer Duguay and Catie Barber working with teaching artist Hana… [Read More]

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