Arts Ed Spotlight

The Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

Spring 2015

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by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director Are you debating which flowers to get for Mom for Mother’s Day? Omak fourth graders have a beautiful solution: custom watercolor paintings. The five fourth-grade classes at East Omak Elementary School worked with teaching artist Margaret Kingston last week to create these vibrant paintings. After a lesson in the… [Read More]

Still Life Paintings Brim with Color

Winter 2017

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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]

Methow Valley Watershed Block Prints: Water Provides

Winter 2017

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Methow Valley sixth graders examined the fish, flora, and fauna of the Methow River watershed through the lens of artists by designing and carving images on linoleum blocks. In this interdisciplinary unit students first learned about the creatures that inhabit the riparian zone, forested areas, and other ecosystems of the Methow Valley in a workshop in… [Read More]

Okanogan Elementary Students Explore West African Rhythms

Winter 2016-2017

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by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director for Methow Arts For three snowy weeks in February, the music room at Virginia Grainger Elementary School was alive with unusual sounds: the patter of small feet and the thump of hands on the djembe–the skin covered goblet drum of West Africa. As Methow Arts teaching artists Brooke Bourn… [Read More]

Paschal Sherman Indian School Students Share Dancing and Drumming Tradition with Methow Valley Elementary Third Graders

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When the ten dancers and drummers from Paschal Sherman Indian School and their two teachers stepped off the bus at Methow Valley Elementary School, third grade students were ready for them. The third grade curriculum includes a year-long journey through Native American studies, beginning with the Wampanoag culture in the New England region and culminating… [Read More]

Brewster 5th Graders Paint Pictures with Words

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In the winter of 2016, 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]

The Poetry of Place

Fall 2016

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by Ashley Lodato, Methow Arts Alliance – Arts Education Director no one    comes                        to     relieve me  of this     solitude         presented     to me                     on a     silver platter              in all its     splendor and i welcome    the heartache ~ from “Abandoned Tree” by Liliana Hart-Beck For a kid raised in the valley, the Methow… [Read More]

Second Graders Build Methow Valley Critters

Winter 2015

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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 Jody Olson visits the school, that’s when. Olson, a Riverside artist and art teacher, has been leading papier-mâché residencies… [Read More]

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