Remote Arts Learning

The Creative Advantage supports online arts learning in 2 ways through Creative Advantage Online Arts + Creative Advantage ALL ACCESS Arts Stream.

Creative Advantage Online Arts (CAOA) is a swift pivot in response to COVID-19, with goals to support students and families during school closures, as well as to support teaching artists who had been contracted to lead school day residencies.

CAOA represents a vast array of arts learning videos for arts students of all ages. We invited Teaching Artists — many who are missing their students — to create videos sharing what they are passionate about. They offer up their diverse teaching styles and perspectives in a range of artistic disciplines and content areas.

Dig into this collection on our YouTube channel. You’ll find lessons that focus on a variety of arts skills and techniques as well as ways to practice 21st Century Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creative + Critical Thinking, Growth Mindset + Perseverance) in art-making. You’ll find a variety of “class” types. Some lessons utilize traditional call and response; some are full lecture style tutorials or “master classes;” and others are short creative challenges meant to pique students’ interests and inspire creativity.

This arts learning video series is created by The Creative Advantage, in collaboration with individual Teaching Artists on, or from organizations on, our Community Arts Partner Roster, Seattle Public Schools, and production partners NFFTY / The Talented Youth, NW Film Forum, and Reel Grrls Pro.

Special shout out to the team of young media artists who shot and edited the majority of the roughly 125 lessons.

The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts education for each and every public school student, made possible through a public-private partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Foundation, and 100+ community arts partners and teaching artists.

"Make Art With Us" superimposed on top of a teaching artist making a collage.

Creative Advantage ALL ACCESS Arts Stream (CAAAAS) offers online synchronous arts classes for young people. Created in collaboration between Parks and RecreationOffice of Arts & CultureSeattle Public Schools, and Creative Advantage Arts Partners, this program started as a pandemic pilot in December 2020 and grew into classes.

These free classes are led in real-time by master-level teaching artists and take place after school and on Saturdays. Students must enroll through the Seattle Parks & Recreation online ActiveNet registration system to receive the secure class Webex links to participate from their homes, community centers, and housing sites.  Read about our latest classes here –