ArtSpark Online

With the news that schools will be closed through summer, Lane Arts Council and ArtSpark realized this means many students will miss artist residency learning opportunities this year. This inspired the creation of ArtSpark Online. Weekly, beginning April 27th, we will be publishing four-part video tutorials walking viewers through accessible art making experiences ranging from puppetry to natural dyes to observational drawing. Follow along and access your unlimited creative capacity!

Share What You Make

Post your creations to social media, using the hashtag #ArtSparkOnline, or email us images at We’d love to see your unique creations!


Scientific Observational Drawing
Jess Graff
Students will create detailed drawings from observation of scientific specimen, available all around us. Program encourages observational skills, critical thinking, literacy, spacial awareness, and informs on natural sciences

Materials: paper, pencil, scientific specimen (such as flower, leaf, or pine cone)
Optional Materials: waterproof ink pen (such as a Sharpie), paintbrush, paint or spices (for making homemade pigments)

Lesson 1.1 – Observational Drawing & Painting: Plants
Lesson 1.2 – Observational Drawing & Painting: Insects
Lesson 1.3 – Observational Drawing & Painting: Animals
Lesson 1.4 – Observational Drawing & Painting: Objects
Paper Lesson Guide: Observational Drawing and Painting Parts 1-4

Natural Dyes
Alex Ever
Students will utilize everyday organic objects like onion skins, grass clippings, beet root, turmeric, and more to create natural dyes that they can then use on any white fabrics. This program is the ultimate merger of science and art.

Materials: stove top, pot, cooking spoon, water, organic objects (onion skins, beet root, etc.), pickling salts OR citric acid, washed white fabric

Note: This project must be completed with adult supervision.
Lesson 2.1 – Dye Like a Natural (part 1)
Lesson 2.2 – Dye Like a Natural (part 2)
Lesson 2.3 – Dye Like a Natural (part 3)
Lesson 2.4 – Dye Like a Natural (part 4)
Paper Lesson Guide: Natural Dyes Parts 1-4

Theatre Exploration
Victoria Wills
Students will access their inner performer as they learn how to build characters complete with physical expression, unique voices, and stories to tell.

Materials: an open space, any fun costumes found around you!

Lesson 3.1 – Theatre Exploration: Improv

Lesson 3.2 – Theatre Exploration: Action
Lesson 3.3 – Theatre Exploration: Emotions
Lesson 3.4 – Theatre Exploration: Perform
Paper Lesson Guide: Theater Exploration Parts 1-4

Sock Puppets
Noah McLain Philpot & Fooble the Dragon
Guided by a professional puppeteer an his dragon sidekick, students will learn how to take an old sock and transform it into a brilliant puppet creation! Students will then define their new creature’s character, build a puppet theater, and put on a performance for all to enjoy.

Materials: sock, cardboard, markers, glue, other crafting materials

Lesson 4.1 – Sock Puppets: Construction Part 1
Lesson 4.2 – Sock Puppets: Construction Part 2
Lesson 4.3 – Sock Puppets: Character
Lesson 4.4 – Sock Puppets: Puppet Theater
Paper Lesson Guide: Sock Puppets Parts 1-4

Songwriting Time!
Olive DelSol
Guided by the animated voices of “Olive” and “Pickle”, students will learn the ins and outs of good songwriting. This lesson is set at three levels to access all levels of learners with interactive music-making activities.

Materials: paper & pen/pencil OR voice memo tool on a phone

Lesson 5.1 – Songwriting Time! Introduction
Lesson 5.2 – Songwriting Time! (grades K-1)
White Oak Acorn: Lesson 1
White Oak Acorn: Lesson 2
White Oak Acorn: Lesson 3
White Oak Acorn: Lesson 4
Lesson 5.3 – Songwriting Time! (grades 2-3)
Big Leaf Maple: Lesson 1
Big Leaf Maple: Lesson 2
Big Leaf Maple: Lesson 3
Big Leaf Maple: Lesson 4
Lesson 5.4 – Songwriting Time! (grades 4-5)
Doug Fir Tree: Lesson 1
Doug Fir Tree: Lesson 2
Doug Fir Tree: Lesson 3
Doug Fir Tree: Lesson 4
Paper Lesson Guide: Songwriting Time Study Guide

Introduction to Guinean Drumming
West African Cultural Arts Institute
In this lesson students will learn about the rich culture of Guinea as they replicate the polyrhythmic beats of the region on nearby available surfaces. Anything can be a percussion instrument once you have the rhythm! Join Alseny and Andrea as they teach you the basics through call and response rhythm games.

Materials: drum, tabletop, pot, and/or plastic bowl

Lesson 6.1 – Introduction to Guinean Drumming (part 1)
Lesson 6.2 – Introduction to Guinean Drumming (part 2)
Lesson 6.3 – Introduction to Guinean Drumming (part 3)
Lesson 6.4 – Introduction to Guinean Drumming (part 4)

Your Colorful Imagination
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff
Students will head outside to find inspirations for the natural landscape, whether that be flower, leaf, or animal. They will then practice translating these pieces of natural inspiration into colorful expressions of art.

Materials: paper, pencil, coloring supply (crayon, marker, or paint)

Lesson 7.1 – Your Colorful Imagination! Colorful Creatures
Lesson 7.2 – Your Colorful Imagination! Magical Garden
Lesson 7.3 – Your Colorful Imagination! Neighborhood Nature Collage
Lesson 7.4 – Your Colorful Imagination! Underwater Adventures in Shading

Draw Big
M. V. Moran
Students will learn to go big with their instincts as they learn about abstract art and take their art making to the streets. Using chalk, or other washable art materials, students will be encouraged to draw as big as their arms can reach!

Materials: chalk (homemade option available), paved surface, coloring tools, paper, tape

Premiering the week of June 1st

Improvisational Hip Hop
Put on a good beat and get ready to get down! Retro will teach students his unique style of improvisational hip hop that combines animation, popping & locking, and creative movement. Everywhere can be your stage with the right rhythm and a little confidence!

Materials: an open space

Premiering the week of June 1st

Paper Bag Possibilities
Melanie Pearson
In these lessons, students will transform paper bags into various works of art ranging from collages to 3-D flowers, to journals. You’ll never look at a paper bag the same way again! One lesson will require adult mentor supervision.

Materials: paper bag, crayons, coloring supplies, scissors, glue or tape, old magazines, and other common household objects.

Premiering the week of June 8th

Please note: some program descriptions may change in the course of developing these videos.

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In the Media

A Little ArtSpark in Eugene (Oregon Arts Watch, 5/19/20)