swan valley school to polson middle school
Tess here, Teaching Artist for the Art Mobile of Montana. Happy new year! Art Mobile is diving into 2018, with lots and lots of schools to get to in the coming months. The roads might be icy, the snow-covered mountains may disappear into the cloud-white skies, but the Art Mobile will make it wherever it needs to go.
My first tour of the year took me up the Swan Valley, where Alpine Artisan member Betty Vanderweilen hosted me most graciously. I arrived on Sunday and it didn't take long for us to realize a shared love for reading! Their house, tucked into the mountains with a gorgeous view and a warm fireplace, is perfect for long hours stuck in a book. I spent most of Sunday night reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (rereading the series is a cozy winter thing I like to do.)
Monday morning I headed to Condon, where I gave presentations and lessons to all the students. See above for a photo of the Swan Valley School 6th, 7th and 8th graders working on their "Painting Sound" project.
That night I read in front of the fireplace, for I only had to make it to Seeley Lake School the next morning.
No lessons at Seeley Lake, but we did manage to present the show to every student (and plenty of teachers.)
A huge thanks to Betty Vanderweilen, Alpine Artisans of the Swan Valley, Susan Bracha of Swan Valley School and Suzie Teafoe of Seeley Lake!
Then, on to Kalispell!
(With a slight detour: after my GPS sent me south and I made to turn around, the Art Mobile was seen stuck in the snow along Salmon Lake! A huge thanks to Clearwater Towing for helping a lone art teacher out -- and AAA for their endless service.)
After some sushi and a good night's sleep, I arrived in Creston Wednesday morning for a full day of presentations and lessons. It's so fun to go back to schools I taught at last year! There were plenty of familiar faces and lots of fun all day.
Thanks to Tami Ward, Creston school principal, for having me back. What a great little school!
The next day I met up with Piikani artist John Pepion of Browning to pick up a new piece of artwork. We love working with John!
No lessons at PMS, since Art teacher Marvin Todd seems to be doing a great job without me. I tried to focus on subjects I knew each class worked on: our sculptures in Sculpture class; the different drawings and paintings in Drawing and Painting class.
It was a super super fun day, and a great way to end the week!
Thanks again to everyone who hosted the Art Mobile on our first tour of 2018, and to AAA for really coming through (I swear this is the first instance of having to be rescued in the Mobile!)