Beginners - Kindergarten
Dr. Maria Montessori said that, “when a free spirit exists, it has to materialize itself in some form of work…for this the hands are needed.” She believed that “the education of the hand is particularly important since the hand is an organ of the mind, the means which the human intelligence uses to express itself”. Art provides this opportunity for self-expression. It is in the Montessori classroom that creativity in the whole child is encouraged. This is first approached indirectly through the work in the Practical Life (Sewing and Weaving) and Sensorial (exploration of the senses) areas of the classroom. Art in the Montessori classroom is another way to foster a child’s keen sense of observation, respect, understanding of the past, freedom to express one's self, to appreciate the beauty in life and future art appreciation, to bring inner delight and self-satisfaction. This is approached through Art Appreciation and Developmental Art. Art Appreciation: Art appreciation is taught using various means. Reproductions of art masterpieces from all time frames can be seen displayed in the classroom at the children’s eye level. In works throughout the classroom, sorting and matching work can be done using three-part cards of artists’ and pictures of their art work. Timelines can be used to show the lives of artists and how art has evolved over the years. Reading about artists and their lives are also interesting for young children. Allowing the children to do their own “reproduction” of a famous artist’s work is an interesting and fun activity
Lower Elementary - Middle School
At appropriate stages of development, students will learn about the elements of art, principles of design, and art processes of various mediums, in both two and three dimensional art forms. Also at developmentally appropriate ages, students will learn to use the tools of the various art mediums. Students will develop understanding between art and culture including: art theory, art history, periods of art, art movements, art styles, subjects in art, symbolism in art. Students will also connect visual arts to other disciplines including: anatomy, geometry, math, biology, zoology, botany, physics, chemistry, architecture, music, literature, photography, philosophy, psychology, computer technology, planning, and construction. Students will create original and unique works of art using their own creativity and imagination. Classes meet for one hour each week.