6-8 ArtStream Lessons

Jazz Dance with Pamela Lehan-Siegel (Eugene Ballet)

Students will learn about the origins of jazz dance, explore the style’s movement elements, and practice short choreographed dances. Jazz dance is high energy, accessible, and deeply rooted in American history. This lesson touches on dance and history standards and students learn how African American and immigrant communities have contributed to this popular dance style. Supplies: open space for movement, movement clothes, water

Building Worlds with Paper with Victoria Wills

Students will design their own imagined world through a variety of paper-based crafts! They will name their world, design its landscape, create original creatures, design plant life, and even create a sample greeting card from their invented civilization. This program aligns with science concepts as students explore the elements that create a connected ecosystem.Supplies: paper, scissors, ruler, pencil, coloring materials, and binding material (glue, tape, or staples)

South African Dance with Michael Moloi

Students will learn about South African history as they explore Gumboots dance, which was created in the Apartheid era by Indigenous South African mineworkers. This energetic dance includes stomping, clapping, leg slapping, and exaggerated facial expressions. Students will engage they whole body and mind in this dynamic dance lesson! Supplies: open space for movement, movement clothes, water, optional: rainboots

PNW Native Formline Art with Pattrick Price

Formline Art is the traditional art style of Native and Indigenous communities across the Pacific Northwest coastal region. Pattrick Price will bring his experience and skills as a Tlingit Formline artist to introduce students to this traditional art form. This program touches on visual art and social science standards, deepening student understanding and creative relationship to the land and the Native communities that call this region home. Supplies: paper, pencil, pen, and coloring supplies (markers or watercolors preferred)

Exploring Renaissance Techniques with Andrea DiPalma Yansane

The art world made huge strides during the Renaissance era, when new elements of design, perspective, and style were introduced and explored. In this lessons, students will work similarly to those great artists of the time as they these design elements still used in art today! Students will be challenged to explore the realms of realism as they explore visual art and learn some art history.  Supplies: paper, pencil, ruler, eraser, colored pencils or crayons. Optional: tissue or paper towel, black marker, piece of fruit, bowl
  • Monday, February 1st, 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 12:30pm
  • Monday, February 8th, 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30pm

Salsa Dance with Florabelle Moses (Eugene Ballet)

Salsa dance is lively, energetic, spicy, and tons of fun! Stomp, clap, and dance the class away from wherever you learn with this exciting lesson taught by Eugene Ballet Academy’s Florabelle Moses. This lesson will get students moving while teaching them this iconic Cuban dance.  Supplies: water, movement clothes, an open space for movement
  • Wednesday, February 17th, 9:00am
  • Friday, February 19th, 9:00am
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 9:00am
  • Friday, February 26th, 9:00am

Temporary Natural Collage with Alex Ever

Students will take a moment to breathe, center, and create temporary works of art from fresh and dried natural materials harvested from around their learning space. Alex will begin with guiding students through the best practices and steps in collecting flowers, leaves, sticks, and more in a safe and ethical way. They will then use these natural items to create a wide range of temporary artistic expressions ranging from mandala to self portrait and more. This lesson touches on visual art and science standards.  Supplies: a clean worksurface and natural objects harvested from nearby yards, parks, and nature spaces

Experimental Music with Kathie Hsieh

Students will learn to make music with everyday objects like bowls, recycled cans, wooden spoons, and aluminum foil. They will learn to create a visual score, which depicts the movement of a musical abstract soundscape. This lesson is all about open exploration, unique expression, and experimentation with sound as it touches on science and music standards.  Supplies: paper, pencil, coloring supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.), miscellaneous objects

Freestyle Animation Dance with Carlos “Retro” Rasmussen

Freestyle animation dance is all about inviting students to move and groove from a place of instinct and improvisation. Carlos “Retro” Rasmussen will teach students foundational skills like popping, locking, and animation, but the expression truly comes alive when the students make it their own by moving like water or expressing joy through dance. This lesson touches on dance and physical education standards. Supplies: Open space for movement, movement clothes, water
  • Monday, March 29th at 10:30am
  • Wednesday, March 31st at 10:30am
  • Monday, April 5th at 10:30am
  • Wednesday, April 7th at 10:30am

Songwriting with Olive DelSol

Students will compose their own original music complete with rhythm, tune, and lyrics in this dynamic and creative lesson. Olive will guide students through the basics of composing an original song and provide them key prompts to get their creativity flowing. This lesson teaches key music standards while touching on language arts and writing standards.  Supplies: writing system (paper and pencil or digital device)
  • Monday, April 12th at 11:00am
  • Wednesday, April 14th at 11:00am
  • Monday, April 19th at 11:00am
  • Wednesday, April 21st at 11:00am

Broadway Dance with Pamela Lehan Siegel

Students will get active as they learn the dynamic movements of Broadway dance, set to exciting and fun music. Students will be introduced to energizing and accessible choreography as they work toward a final performance routine in each lesson. This program supports physical education needs while introducing students to an exciting and creative form of dance. Supplies: movement clothes, open space, water

Experimental Printmaking with Erika Wolf

Students will explore the surfaces, objects, and textures surrounding them as they go on a journey to uncover the many potential art prints that surround them. From tracing with crayons or colored pencils to making a stamp out of everyday household items, this lesson will expose students to the limitless potential artmaking tools that surround them every day. This lesson teaches visual arts standards while touching on science standards. Supplies: Recycled texture materials for experimentation such as bubble wrap and vegetable net bags, watercolor paint or pencils, paintbrush or sponge, paint palette, palette knife or popsicle sticks, pencil, cardboard or plastic work surface, thin cardboard, scissors, water container. Recommended: lace, leftover tea or coffee, eyedropper, ruler

Homemade Modeling Dough with Nicole Hummel

Students will create their own modeling dough from basic kitchen supplies in order to get their hands dirty with sculpture! Nicole will then guide students through a variety of sculptural prompts including models of the human anatomy and digestive track that touch on math and science concepts. This lesson brings visual art, math, and science into sculptural harmony!   Supplies: flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, food coloring, bowl, measuring cups and spoons, food storage container

Theatre Arts with Linda Burden-Williams

Utilizing the tools of theatrical expression, students will create and perform original characters. Students will learn to use their bodies, voices, minds, and emotions to express their ideas and original creations. This program is physically active, introduces students to literary concepts, and offers them opportunities to get silly through improvisational theatre! Supplies: paper, pencil, open space for movement