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    flamingosOverlooking the tall woods of the Arboretum and the nearly panoramic view of Lake Washington and Cascade Mountain Range rules the sunlight Art Studio of Montlake Elementary.  Our community believes that a vigorous art program is essential for all students and their ability to develop, grow and thrive.   


    Curriculum

    All students meet 2-3 times a week for 40 minute class sessions.  Units include drawing, painting, clay and sculpture (including paper mache, cardboard construction and sewing).  We explore relevant artists, both historical and contemporary, and challenge ourselves to make meaning of their work and lives. Montlake's Art Studio also hosts yearly traveling art collections from the Seattle Junior League. 

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     Additional events that round out the art program at Montlake include:

    • Eat Real, Art Walk and Spring Concert CommunityCelebration happens only once a year-a grand outdoor party celebrating the best things in life, food, music, art and friends.  Listen to children play the ukulele, fall in to a food coma with tacos, ice cream and crepes.  Be amazed at paper mache pigeons, clay slugs and hanging fleece popsicles.  This is Art Walk-the greatest, most fantastical evening of the year!!  Look for neighborhood posters in mid May!
    • The Montlake Experimental Secret Arts Society or MESAS is a guerilla arts group, with members in the hundreds now. MESAS meets weekly to discuss, create, share and install various art projects around the school campus and neighborhood.  They have participated in a fall and spring Lost and Found Fashion Show, issued counterfeit parking tickets, fortunes, letters to world leaders and 
      photodedicated their free time to making life more interesting for all. For this, we thank and salute them.
    • The Montlake Review is a quarterly publication produced from the massive quantity of doodles received in a submission box located in front of the Art Studio.  The Montlake Review, now in it's 15th issue, is loaded with hundreds of original art, and carried at the Montlake Seattle public library branch, Seattle Art Museum gift shop (although due to high demand, rarely available) and finer little libraries throughout the neighborhood.  Behold!
       

    Local School Art Exhibits

    -Introducing Myself, Montlake All School Exhibit, Seattle Art Museum, February-March 2018
    -The Bureau of Arts and Culture, King Street Station, November 2017
    -Show and Tell, Montlake School Exhibit, Seattle Art Museum, November 2016
    -Small Plants Grow Up Through Concrete, Montlake School Exhibit, Seattle Art Museum,  June 2014


     When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. - Chief Seattle, Duwamish