Partnership blends art and environmental education for interdisciplinary learning
Original block print designs by Methow Valley sixth grade students Geovana Perez, Freya Whipple and Kimball Smith will be featured on t-shirts and posters commemorating the 2022 Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day, which is part of National Fishing and Boating Week and a Celebration of 150 years of National Fish Hatcheries.
Designs were chosen to be featured on posters that will be hung throughout the valley.
The annual event is on Saturday, June 11 at the Winthrop Fish Hatchery from 10am-2pm. Activities include: Fishing for trout, Fly Tying, Exploring Macroinvertibrates, Water, water, we all need water! Beaver Station, Water Safety, Fly-Casting Demo, and Salmon Cooking. FREE!
Fishing Day celebrates the vital role that wildlife plays in sustaining life across ecosystems.
The block prints were created through a Methow Arts Alliance – Education Class: an interdisciplinary unit on Methow fish and fish habitat offered to sixth graders in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. In this interdisciplinary unit students first learned about fish and fish habitat in a workshop in their classrooms with local biologist John Crandall. They then sketched images and learned how to carve blocks and print them with local teaching artists Laura Gunnip and Emily Post, with help from artist Jennifer Molesworth. The block prints feature fish, mammals, and habitat of the Methow Valley Watershed. The project was sponsored by Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation.
This hands-on art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance. The partnership serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros, and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School.
The Fishing Day project is a collaboration among the following organizations and businesses: Artswa, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Dick’s Fishin’ Shop, Ecotrust, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, Jim’s Pumping Service, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Recycles, Methow Restoration Council, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Methow Valley Fly Fishers, Methow Valley School District, North 40 Outfitters, North Cascade Regional Libraries, Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, The Outdoorsman Store, Trout Unlimited, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, US Army Corps of Engineers, Us Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks, Wildlife Conservation Society, Winthrop Kiwanis, and Yakama Nation.
DATE : Sat, June 11, 10-2pm. LOCATION: Winthrop National Fish Hatchery. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509-997-4004, firstname.lastname@example.org