Arts Education Spotlights

The Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

Spring 2017

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]

Okanogan Elementary Students Explore West African Rhythms

Winter 2016-2017

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


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

Spring 2017

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]

The Poetry of Place

Fall 2016

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

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]

Brewster Students Study Nocturnality, Texture and Habitat of Owls in Artist Residency

Winter 2017

[METHOW ARTS EDUCATION REPORT] Third graders at Brewster Elementary School integrated biology, watercolors, and 3D design in a residency that allowed them a close study of owls. The art residency was preceded by a classroom unit on the habits, characteristics, and habitats of various nocturnal animals. Working with Twisp artist and naturalist Bruce Morrison, students… [Read More]

School Garden Inspires Fiber Arts Residency


Second graders at Methow Valley Elementary School combined fiber arts with their garden experience in a felted wool residency. This is an excellent example of true integration of various subjects- writing, reading, science and art. Every student is successful with this project. ~ Kathy Williams, second grade teacher and Classroom in Bloom board member Working with… [Read More]

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