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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount St. Helens

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. In the centuries before the development of aircraft, mapmakers relied on a largely imagined aerial—or “bird’s eye view”—perspective to depict their surroundings. To twentieth-century artists, being able to fly in…  Read more

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Echoes and Impressions

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. A compression fossil is formed when plants or animals are placed under physical pressure by layer upon layer of sediment that eventually hardens into rock. It’s very common to find…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Heidi Schwegler

During this time, it is important that we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy and heal.  Join us for a writing exercise focused on the everyday objects we spend our days with, taking this piece by Heidi Schwegler as a starting point.   Step 1: Make a list…  Read more

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PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery

Congratulations to Portland Public Schools student artists and their teachers! PPS has announced the winners of the 2020 HeART of Portland Showcase Poster Competition and launched the new PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery. The competition was a very crowded and impressive field of 61 submissions and the jurying went to two rounds. As award-winning entries,…  Read more

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Mount St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary Partner Programs

The exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption and examines artists’ responses to the awesome beauty and power of the volcano. While the physical exhibition remains closed and planned programs and events canceled, we are pleased to share a sampling of programs from organizations around the region…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Brian Calvin

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the enormity of both our own and the world’s pain. It feels even more important now to take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy, and heal. Using this piece from Brian Calvin as inspiration, here are two prompts to help you get the pen…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Kenneth Noland

During this time, it is important we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy, and heal. Using this work by Kenneth Noland as inspiration, here are two prompts to help you get going. You can choose one, both, or follow your own adventure. Set a timer for 5 minutes…  Read more

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Open Your Own Art Museum!

We are thrilled to collaborate with Create More, Fear Less on a mini-museum project that you can do at home. Take all of those big feelings, ideas, and observations of yours and shrink them down into tiny (but mighty) works of art—because art doesn’t need to be big to be powerful! Share your work on…  Read more

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An Art Imposter in the Museum

Teachers across the country have been rising to the challenge presented by this spring’s abrupt school closures due to Covid-19. Here in Portland, teachers are not only adapting their lessons to new distance-learning formats, they’re also thinking hard about students’ emotional well-being and about equity in education. They’re checking in with students as often as…  Read more

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Make and Keep an Art Journal at Home

Think of an art journal as your own personal paper world where you get to be 100% YOU. However you want to express yourself, whatever you want to say, in whatever colors or words or songs or scribbles come to you, those empty pages are yours to fill. Visit our wonderful partner Create More, Fear Less for…  Read more