Partnership blends art and environmental education for interdisciplinary learning
An original block print design by Methow Valley sixth grade student Dusten Smith will be featured on t-shirts commemorating the 2017 Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day, which is part of National Fishing and Boating Week. Additional designs were chosen to be featured on posters that will be hung throughout the valley. The additional artwork features the following sixth grade students: Cheyenne Bergenholtz, Kassie Bird, Lily Colin, Elena Hall, Grace Kominak, Riley Lidey, Eamon Monahan, Stella Scholz, and Addison Stratman. The annual event is on June 10 at the Winthrop Fish Hatchery from 10am-2pm.
The Fishing Day theme— WATER PROVIDES—celebrates the vital role that clean, accessible water plays in sustaining life across ecosystems.
The block prints were created through an interdisciplinary unit on Methow fish and fish habitat offered to sixth graders in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and with sponsorship from the US Bureau of Reclamation. 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 in a color-reduction process 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.
This hands-on art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership. 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.
DATE: Fishing Day is on Sat, June 10, 2017 10-2pm at the Winthrop Hatchery. CONTACT: 509.997.4004
The Fishing Day project is a collaboration among ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission), 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, National Endowment for the Arts, North 40 Outfitters, Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Trout Unlimited, The Outdoorsman Store, 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, and Yakama Nation.
(Artwork, top row: Kassie Bird, Grace Kominak, Elena Hall, Eamon Monahan
bottom row: Riley Lidey, Stella Scholz, Cheynne Bergenholz, Lily Colin.)