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Cascadia Art for Schools (CAS) is a free Washington state standards-based art program for K-8 students exploring the art of the Northwest. CAS is an interactive and inquiry-based tour, and students engage with art through facilitated dialogue, storytelling, and hands-on art creation. This program is learner-centered and explores artists that have been historically underrepresented.

CAS has three parts: 


COVID-19 Update:

We understand this is an ever-changing time and each school has different restrictions. Therefore, we are offering this free program:

  • Completely Virtually (Museum Field Trip & Art Lesson take place on zoom),
  • In Your Classroom (a vaccinated Museum educator will bring a Mobile Museum to your classroom for the Museum Field Trip and will come back to your classroom for the Art Lesson),
  • In the Museum & In Your Classroom (the Museum Field Trip will take place at Cascadia, and a Museum Educator will come to your classroom for an Art Lesson).


CAS Program Focus Options

Sharing Our Story

Washington state history through Northwest art (4th grade)

Sharing Our Story addresses the history of Washington state and tribal sovereignty by exploring how society and historical movements influenced Northwest artists. Students will learn about two artists and how an artist’s life is reflected in their art. Students will then think how history has impacted their own lives and create art based on their own lives

Building Blocks of Art

Art concepts through Northwest art (K-8)

Building Blocks of Art explores art concepts utilized by Northwest artists as tools of expression. Each grade focuses on a different art concept used by Northwest artists. Students will learn about an art concept, explore Northwest art using their art concept, and then create their own art. For a full list of art concepts for each grade level, see below the sign-up button.


Sign-Up for CAS

Please fill out the form below to request any or all parts of the Cascadia Art for Schools program. Cascadia Art for Schools is offered October-June, Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Please fill out and submit the form below and indicate your fist, second, and third choices for dates and times. A confirmation email will be sent to you with the exact date scheduled.

We ask that educators schedule tours at least three weeks in advance.


For Questions, please call or email the museum at (425) 336-4809 or


CAS is free for all students and educators thanks to the generous support of ArtsWA.

Building Blocks of Art | Art Concepts per Grade Level

Each grade level focuses on a different art concept for this program. We have the art concepts broken down by grade level as follows:

K: Shape

1: Color

2: Line & Pattern

3: Form

4: Texture

5: Value & Emphasis

6: Space & Contrast

7: Emphasis

8: Contrast

Classrooms are welcome to participate in this program more than one time per year. For your second time, we will be exploring many different art concepts new art mediums to allow for a broadening of knowledge for students.

Funding provided by Washington State Arts Commission's First Step Grant, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, and the Harrington-Schiff Foundation. Thank you for your support.

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