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Portrait painting, kindergarten style

Dec 2019

Methow Valley School District staff and local community members received custom portrait painting sessions last week, courtesy of kindergarten students. First, the students learned observation and life drawing skills, working with Methow Arts teaching artist Judith Robertson. They sketched outlines, then filled them in with watercolor paints, initially using prints of famous portraits by Picasso,… [Read More]

Methow Valley 4th graders create art for Farmers Market

Winter 2019

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts Alliance Every good farmer knows that selling your products requires proper marketing. You want to attract people to your booth, provide them with a visual representation of what you’re selling, and demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable about your produce. In a recent Methow Arts residency with teaching artist Judith… [Read More]

Owl migration? East Omak 5th graders paint owls using oil pastel/watercolor resist technique

Arts Education Spotlight

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts A parliament of owls seems to have nested at East Omak Elementary School, in the waning weeks of the school year. This recent art residency with 5th grade students integrated visual art with animal science. Working with Methow Arts teaching artists Annie Venable, Bruce Morrison, and Bethany Wray… [Read More]

Brewster 5th graders unite poetry with painting

Spring 2019

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]

Spring flowers in the O’Keeffe tradition

Spring 2019

Okanogan second grade students welcomed spring to the Okanogan Valley by painting flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, working with Methow Arts teaching artist Bruce Morrison. Morrison introduced students to the work of internationally-known artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), whose signature paintings include abstractions of flowers, landscapes, and other natural elements as well as architecture of the southwest… [Read More]

Unicorns and Alligators and Turtles, Oh My!

Spring 2019

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts Alliance The third grade animal studies program at Virginia Grainger Elementary School uses Common Core standards to integrate biology, literacy, art, and geography. Working with third grade teachers Patty Caryl, Nancy Bishop, and Amy Sullivan, students begin the process by selecting an animal and using the internet and… [Read More]

Second Graders Create Critters of the Methow Valley

Winter 2019

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 Bruce Morrison visits the school, that’s when. Bruce, a Twisp-based artist and teaching artist, has been leading residencies for… [Read More]

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