March Special Edition 2020 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes | March 2020

**Special Edition**

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Dear Colleagues,

The coronavirus has turned our world upside-down. Through all of this, know that your colleagues at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) are hard at work, mostly from remote places, to support learning and teaching. This special edition of the Arts News & Notes brings ideas for learning the arts at home – for students, families and teachers! Let’s remember through all of this to key on our assets as artists; stay creative, be innovative, be resourceful and use art to uplift and bring joy.

Listen here to four minutes of inspiration from students at Chino Valley Unified School District.

Please reach out with any ideas, questions and concerns.

Take good care,

Janet Hayakawa, Program Supervisor for the Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction           
Cell/Text: 360-764-6157

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul." 

-Emily Dickinson, American poet


Art by: Sergio Sanchez & Andrew Skirko "Albatross" (Recipient of OSPI Staff Award of 2011 Art Show) 

Get Creative:


Some Ideas to Get you Started!

Create a sculpture with found items. Look around your home or take a walk outside to collect materials that you can repurpose into art.

                 Find inspiration from these artists:
                 These Animal Sculptures are Made from 100% Recycled Plastic Parts
                 Artist gives recycled materials new life

Make an instrument! Look around for objects that can make interesting sounds to make your own instruments.

                 Here are some ideas:
                 Discover Music in Everyday Objects
                 Musical Instrument Crafts You Can Do Anytime
                 Make a Handmade Cardboard Guitar

Make some shadow art! All you need is pen, paper, light to cast shadows and your imagination! 

                Check out this article and video of Vincent Bal, the creator of shadow art
                Artist Vincent Bal Turns the Shadows of Everyday Objects into Ingenious Illustrations
                Shadowology by Vincent Bal

Master these five tongue twisters:

               I have a can opener
               That can open any
               Can that any can
               Opener that can
               Open any can can open.

               Tuesday is stew day
               Stew day is

               Does the wristwatch shop shut soon?

               A skunk sat on a stump,
               The stump thunk that the skunk stunk . . .
               The skunk thunk that
               The stump stunk!

                Literally literary literature

 Take a photo or record your art and share it!  Email it to:


Just for Fun!

When Piggasso Met

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

Written and illustrated by Nina Laden, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, is a wonderful story about finding appreciation in different viewpoints, using creativity to resolve conflicts and building friendships through thoughtful communication.

To watch a live reading of this story, read by Eric Close, visit Storyline Online here.


From the Superintendent’s High School Art Show Collection

           Take a good look at this image.

           What do you see?

           What does it make you think about?

           What does it make you wonder?

           Write a caption, a poem, or draw a
           picture based on this image.


Image by K. Dullum, 2007

Words that Inspire:



Links to the Arts: 

Discover More Ways to Practice the Arts!


Dance: The Brain Dance developed by Anne Greene Gilbert is a series of developmental movement patterns that help to wire the central nervous system laying the foundation for sensory-motor development and lifelong learning. Guided practice is here with music by Eric Chappelle. And watch a video demonstration here

Media: This library of award-winning films, photo essays, and articles with companion curriculum and discussion guides in both English and Spanish, are aligned to National and Common Core Standards. Visit the Global Oneness Project here.

Music: Take this active listening challenge! Listen and respond to music. Use the listening compass tool to help organize your thinking! Click here to start listening.

Theatre: Watch live and pre-recorded theatre and music performances from your home. Curated by the Theatre Development Fund, click here for upcoming events. Please preview to ensure age appropriateness.

Visual Arts: Join a free, 29-day life drawing challenge and improve your drawing skills at Love Life Drawing.

Image from Global Oneness Project, senior monks gather for ceremony at Lo Manthang

John Cage

Some Rules & Hints for Students & Teachers   

by John Cage, Composer, Norton Lecturer 1988-89

Rule 1: Find a place you trust and then, try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2: (General Duties as a Student) Pull everything out of your teachers. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: (General Duties as a Teacher) Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5: Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise, or smart and choosing how to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.

Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work, it will lead to something. It is the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans-but not the players.

Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.

Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “X” qualities.

HELPFUL HINTS*: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read everything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully and often. SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.

*Please follow state guidelines during the Covid19 pandemic (editor’s note). 

Image of Composer John Cage