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 line quality, line contour, and various color schemes including monochromatic and dichromatic, based on primary colors.
Students learned about the effects of varying line qualities, how to depict from observation, and how to build a composition using geometric and organic shapes. They also learned vocabulary terms such as “monochromatic,” “dichromatic,” and “critique.”
The paintings will be displayed at Confluence Gallery in Twisp from April 15 through May 20, during the run of its Otherworlds show. The public is invited to visit this free exhibit.
This art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership. The partnership serves over 5,200 students and 380 teachers across greater Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Brewster, Methow, Okanogan, Omak and Pateros School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation.
This still life residency was sponsored by the Methow Valley School District, the Public School Funding Alliance, ArtsWA, Icicle Fund, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
artwork, clockwise from top left: Kady Hammer, Samantha Miranda, Chicane Ashford, Lucien Paz
INFO: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004, firstname.lastname@example.org