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]

Supaman School Reviews from Outreach Performances

Arts Education Spotlight

TEACHER COMMENTS FROM SUPAMAN PERFORMANCE Overall, how would you describe the performance? We could not have asked for a more relevant meaningful presentation for our student body. He had a great message, related to the kids well, and showcased the Native American culture in a positive way. Wonderful performance – relevant to our population –… [Read More]

Second Graders Build Methow Valley Critters

Winter 2018

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts Alliance When do you get to see the Methow Valley Elementary School art room filled with eagles, cougars, rattlesnakes, herons, and black widows? Second graders know the answer to this–when Trish Rouse visits the school, that’s when. Rouse, a Mazama-based artist and teaching artist, has been leading papier-mâché residencies for… [Read More]

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

Winter 2018

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

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

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]

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