Montlake Elementary


Art Studio

Paper Mache Flamingos looking out the window

Montlake Art Studio

Overlooking 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.


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.

Paper Mache pigeons looking out a window

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
    dedicated 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!
large group of students

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

September 2018

Wayne White, the Boren Sisters and the Duwamish people-Contrary to rumors, I did not make the 14 foot puppets hanging in the stairwell over the summer! They were generously gifted to Montlake by the fantastically imaginative artist Wayne White, multiple Emmy winner (and honorary MESAS member) for his work on Pee Wee’s Playhouse, music videos including Peter Gabriel and Smashing Pumpkins and the subject of the documentary Beauty is Embarrassing. Here Come the Boren Sisters were displayed at the Seattle Art Fair this summer and featured in the Seattle Times (you can read the article at the base of the northern staircase!) and now reside in our historical building. Like all good art, they have inspired much conversation, personal reflection and research. We will be looking at the role of the Boren family and the very first people of Seattle, the Duwamish, and how both groups impacted on one another and our city.

Resources to Explore

How to Make a Comic Book – wikiHow

KTCS9 Interactive Map of Public Art around Seattle (posted soon)

Montlake Art Studio Welcomes You Montlake Art Studio Welcomes You Come inside and see what comes to life in Ms. Lundgren’s studio. Your students imagination and creativity are in full gear the moment they step inside.