An original block print by Methow Valley Elementary School sixth-grader Dalton Evans will be featured on T-shirts commemorating the 2018 Kids’ Free Fishing Day, on June 9 at the Winthrop Fish Hatchery from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Additional designs were chosen to be featured on posters that will be hung throughout the valley. The additional artwork is by sixth-grade students Sterling Konrad, Amelia Evans, Leki Albright, Penny Palinska, Birch Marcus, Brody Barnhart, Dashe McCabe, Ayla Belsby and Lilian Overbeck.
The block prints were created through a Methow Arts Education Class, an interdisciplinary unit on Methow fish and fish habitat offered to sixth-graders in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week.
Students first learned about fish and fish habitat in a workshop in their classrooms with local biologist John Crandall. They then sketched images and learned how to carve blocks and print them with local teaching artists Laura Gunnip and Emily Post, with help from artist Jennifer Molesworth. The block prints feature fish, mammals and habitat of the Methow Valley Watershed. The project was sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance. The partnership serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School.
The Fishing Day project is a collaboration among the following organizations and businesses: ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission), Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Dick’s Fishin’ Shop, Ecotrust, Friends Of Northwest Hatcheries, Jim’s Pumping Service, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Recycles, Methow Restoration Council, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Methow Valley Fly Fishers, Methow Valley School District, National Endowment for the Arts, North 40 Outfitters, Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Trout Unlimited, The Outdoorsman Store, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau Of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish And Wildlife, Washington State Parks, Wildlife Conservation Society and Yakama Nation.