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Current Artist-in-Residence:  Hannah Pomante

Born in Spokane, Washington, Hannah Pomante is a landscape artist who explores the various ways in which to portray the natural world around us.

Hannah attended Whitworth University, earning a degree in the two-dimensional arts and minors in environmental studies and art history. She has won multiple awards, which include winning the 42 Annual Superintendent’s Art Show in Washington, as well as recently receiving a Spokane Arts Grant Award. Her work, “Featherbrained,” can be found in the permanent collection of the old Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, WA.

Artist in Residence Blog: Updates from Hannah Pomante

Hannah will be providing us with updates throughout her residency. You can find her posts here and on Facebook where they will be updated regularly.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog belong solely to the Spokane Art School Artist-in-Residence, and not necessarily to the Spokane Art School.

Making Art at Home #9: Egg Buddies
This week, Kinsley and I show you how to transform old eggshells into plant holders! This was a project I used to do when I was younger, so it brought up fun memories making it with the kiddos. They are very easy to make. Just keep your eggshells for the next few weeks and you’re good to go! Egg Buddies Materials: Eggshells Potting Soil Seeds of your choice Push pin Water Sharpee Directions: Step 1: Prepare your eggshells by rinsing ...
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Making Art at Home #8: Homemade Slime
Due to the request of Kinsley, we show you how to make slime in this week’s video! It was our first time in this endeavor, yet we were pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make! It by far has been the most popular project with the kiddos. We just googled slime recipes and discovered using glue is one of the more popular methods. No matter the recipe you use, always make sure there is an adult present when making ...
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Making Art at Home #7: Sock Animals
It seems like we all have that stray sock awaiting a purpose. Well, the wait is over. In this week’s craft, Kinsley and I make sock animals together – specifically an octopus and a caterpillar. While pretty straightforward and quick to make, this project has had a big impact on the kiddos. Likely due to it being a toy in function, it has resulted in lots of playtime (as well as a big distraction) for Kinsley and her brothers. For ...
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Making Art at Home #6: Mother’s Day Flower Wreath
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so Kinsley and I decided to make a flower wreath as a gift to her mom! Spoiler alert: Kinsley couldn’t wait until Mother’s Day to give away her present. Inspired by all the toilet paper wreaths seen on Pinterest, we thought making one ourselves would be a fun way to celebrate the holiday. We found this and this blog particularly helpful. To make the project extra special, we included mom’s favorite colors and ...
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Making Art at Home #5: Homemade Playdough
In our household, we love making homemade playdough! Our secret ingredient is using Kool-Aid, which not only gives it color, but more importantly, makes it smell amazing! In this episode, Kinsley and I use “grape” flavor to make the color purple. If you watch closely enough, you’ll even find moments of us randomly smelling our creations. We can’t help ourselves. That’s the side effect of making playdough that smells good. Homemade Playdough Materials: 2 cups of flour 1 cup salt ...
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Making Art at Home #4: Bottle Art - Animal Plant Pots and Painted Flowers
With the weather warming up, we decided to make plant containers using plastic bottles. It’s a good way to recycle materials you already have lying around the house, plus kiddos really enjoy working with plants and getting their hands dirty. There’s nothing like being given permission to throw around some dirt. Then, I threw in a bonus activity because you’ll already have the materials out from your plant pots. Happy making! Animal Plant Pots Materials: plastic bottles (or any other ...
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Making Art at Home #3: Pretzel Sculptures
This week’s activity is a family go-to. We’ve been making homemade pretzels for years, with it being an activity my sisters and I grew up doing together with our mother. The pretzel dough acts similarly to play dough, allowing for a variety of creations to ensue. While Kinsley and I kept our designs pretty simple, you can get surprisingly detailed with your pretzel sculptures. From making flowers, animals to letters and shapes, the options are endless. As for the pretzels ...
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Making Art at Home #2: Easter Egg Collages
The holidays are just around the corner and the kiddos (and adults) are getting antsy. Hopefully this project can alleviate some of that extra energy. I know for us, like many others, it’s been lots of nature walks, art projects, and quality family time. If you can’t tell by this week’s video, despite all these activities, things still manage to get chaotic rather quickly. And that’s exactly what happened while filming this video. While I could easily edit out our ...
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Making Art at Home #1: Coffee Filter Art
Today is the launch of “Spokane Art School - Making Art at Home” where I’ll be providing family-oriented art lessons remotely each week! The aim of this series is to make art more accessible at home, using materials you already have at hand. Each week, I’ll be introducing a new project that you can make with your kiddos and loved ones. This is a great way to take a moment to give yourself a break, creatively express yourself, and most ...
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Schedule Your Creativity
With many of us now working at home, it’s easy to let time slip away. Distractions arise, excuses begin to take form, and slowly the day passes us by. I know for me, it’s been a tough transition. Worlds are colliding and it’s hard to maintain separation. Particularly in the arts, when we have the desire to work when “creativity strikes,” this can be particularly tricky territory to navigate. The problem is it feeds procrastination. With any other job or ...
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