Arts Education Stories

Winter Gratitude: Methow Valley 2nd graders create felted images of appreciation

Arts Education Spotlight

by Ashley Lodato Education Director, Methow Arts   Second graders at Methow Valley Elementary School combined fiber arts with creative writing in a felted wool residency, using a wet felting process to create designs inspired by the theme of “winter gratitude.” Winter Gratitude by Ember Johnson I am thankful for snow white, super, yummy, and wet… [Read More]

East Omak Elementary 4th graders explore winter images through felting

November 2018

by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director, Methow Arts For the second year in a row, fourth graders at East Omak Elementary School combined fiber arts with their perspectives on winter in a felted wool residency, through Methow Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program. Working with teaching artists Annie Venable and Brooke Lucy, 120 students explored the process of wet felting.… [Read More]

Methow Valley 3rd graders bash art

Arts Education Spotlight

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]

Brewster 5th Graders Paint Pictures with Words

Arts Education Spotlight

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]

Students develop craft and broaden knowledge through still life composition residency

Arts Education Spotlight

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]

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]

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]

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