Visual Art

The Lewis Elementary art program follows the Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) methods developed by the Getty Education Institute. DBAE seeks to teach art through four disciplines:
Art Production – students learn techniques to create original work
Art History – students study artists to learn about the artist’s environment, influences, and style
Art Criticism – students evaluate forms of art to gain appreciation and critical-thinking skills
Aesthetics – students employ inquiry-based thinking through discussion of form, methods, medium and individual responses to art.

Lewis teachers develop a year-long art curriculum based on month by month focuses such as line, color, tints and shades, shape, texture and perspective. For over 20 years, the annual Lewis Art Night gives students the opportunity to share their work with parents and community. The school transforms into a gallery and student docents explain art concepts to visitors. Also on display are permanent installations created by past students and artists-in-residence.

In addition, through our work with the Right Brain Initiative and Young Audiences students have additional opportunities to work with artists in residence. Last year the Lewis PTA provided additional support for our art program by purchasing the Arts Attack Art Curriculum as a supplement to our other work. Lewis Elementary is a past winner of  the prestigious Sunburst Award for exemplary work in art education.

Art Night

Art Night 2016

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

May 12, 2016 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Peachjar Flyers

Portland Public Schools is now sending home flyers electronically via a service called PeachJar. These flyers come to families via the email address they shared during the school registration process. Below is a link to all the flyers sent home to Lewis students.


Lewis PeachJar Link

NewImage The original wood playground at Lewis Elementary has to be decommissioned for safety reasons and is being replaced with a nature-based play space. There will be logs for sitting on and jumping to, a colorful and fully ADA accessible “river” walkway for all to access the play space, permanent all-weather instruments and more! Portland Public Schools has committed to fund the decommissioning and accessibility features, Lewis PTA has raised $15,000, Lewis Students have raised $1,500, and we need your help to make this a creative and exciting new play space for the entire community to enjoy. Learn more and donate at: NewImage

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Fundraising Primer

For many years we have attempted to explain our various PTA fund raising opportunities. Recently Lewis parent Jordan Benner created this great video that explains those PTA fund raising opportunities in a very understandable manner. Please take a look and consider taking part. 201309042122.jpg Direct Donation escript/Scrip Shopping Donate & Recycle

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Lewis Logo Lewis PTA Direct Giving Campaign. Please consider a one time, or ongoing contribution to help support Lewis Elementary School. More information: Lewis Direct Giving Campaign

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