Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Nate Herth
Partner Type
Profile Photo
Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Nate Herth is a youth arts educator and visual artist who believes the process of art-making expands and informs our engagement with the world in critical, ever-changing, and ultimately positive modes. He facilitates playful, investigative, arts education in the Pacific Northwest and has worked with Arts Corps and the Creative Schools Initiative, the City of Seattle’s Creative Advantage, the Seattle Art Museum, Mo Pop, Gage Academy and the Seattle, Highline and Tacoma Public Schools. Nate takes inspiration from his surroundings: the volatile interaction of human creations and the naturally occurring world is a collision of contrasting visual information that he reflects upon in his paintings, presentations, and collaborations with other artists

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
Address 2
206 669 0493

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Visual Arts – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Photography, Sculpture, Murals, Installation Performance Arts and Theater Production
Visual Art, Multidisciplinary


Previous School Partnerships
Seattle Public Schools: Emerson Elementary, Madrona Elementary, Orca K8, Kimball Elementary, Rainier Beach HS, Washington MS, Whitman MS Highline Public Schools: Mount View Elementary, White Center Heights Elementary Tacoma Public Schools: School of the Arts, Stewart MS
Other Trainings or Certifications
Peacemaking and Healing for Social Emotional Learning Trauma Stewardship with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky Youth Program Quality Assessment, Arts Corps Arts and Social Justice Institute, Arts Corps White Privilege Conference Seattle CTE Probationary Certification Visual Communications Community of Thinkers Seattle Art Museum Peoples Institute: Undoing Racism Edge Program, Artist Trust
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
City Storms: the built environment and nature explored with mixed media arts. Community Mapping: looking at our communities and creating visual expressions statements. Identity Masks:  use book arts and poetry to make masks about identities.  
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
I create enthusiastic, engaging, relevant and positive experiences for students and communities. Learning happens when young people feel safe and empowered to make mistakes; I cultivate a learning environment that allows for experimentation and play, accommodating diverse learning styles and generating innovative thought. The visual arts offer kinesthetic, creative activities that serve as entry points for students to discover meaning and uncover connections between themselves, their communities, and the larger world. In experiencing and practicing artistic methodologies, students examine perceptions, persist through solving problems, and begin to find their voices. I have seen how art creates compassion through revealing the diversity of human expression; I see my purpose as increasing compassion and fostering social awareness and justice through art.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Science, Earth Sciences Social Studies / History Math Communication Technologies Language Arts: Literacy / Reading / Writing
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Experienced facilitator: integrated arts training for K-12 Teachers Experienced facilitator: professional development in 21st Century Skills, Social Justice, Project Based Learning for Visual Arts K-12 Teachers Experienced working with students from: diverse socio-economic and culturally diverse backgrounds and students with special needs and English language development Experience in writing curriculum and grants Experience facilitating community celebrations and student showcases and exhibits
Testimonials from Schools
Donte Felder Sydelle Denman


Please be in contact.


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"Lines of Connection" Students cooperate to create patterns using string. As points on a line we can collaborate, connect and support each other and our part of the web of life.
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"Geography of a Self Portrait" Students create photo realistic self-portraits using the grid and coordinates. They then create an abstract self-portrait using symbols and map making skills.
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"Thematic Boxes" Students create designs that visually share information, prompt investigation, and function in the classroom as modular furniture that can creatively redefine space for learning purposes.
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"Culture of Self: Masks We Wear" Students use the tools and techniques of visual and language arts to gather evidence and create claims about one’s identity to form a ‘culture of self’.
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“Organizing Landscapes” Students place objects on a drawn grid to create a complex landscape and measure heights and distances based on scale and ratio.


Video Description
The impact of Arts Corps’ Creative Schools Initiative is illuminated.
Video Description
Students create an original painting in a live visual art performance that accompanies music, dance, and spoken word performances.
Video Description
Nate explains his covert curriculum, "If students can become motivated and positive and personally responsible for what they do, self determining what they do, they can be successful at whatever they choose."