If we try to think back to the dim and distant past what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art. It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen.
– Maria Montessori
As with all traditional Montessori subject matter, art media and concepts are introduced to children in the Primary years and expanded upon as they continue to move through the elementary program and middle school. At each classroom level, students explore drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and fiber arts. Children not only learn techniques for using particular media to produce desired effects, they also learn and assume more responsibility for the use and care of the materials, their personal work and time management. This process allows the student to grow as a person who is able to see, express, evaluate and solve problems visually and academically.
Goals for WMS's visual arts program include:
- Learning to develop focus and other ways of thinking helpful to working and persevering at art tasks.
- Learning to attend to visual context more closely than ordinary “looking” requires - learning to notice things that otherwise might not be noticed, and learning to see, think, wonder.
- Learning the proper use and function of materials, processes and techniques for developing personal art.
- Encouraging the child to reach beyond their perceived limitations and embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes and accidents.
- Learning to think and share with others about their work and the processes used.
Favorite Montessori Moment: Choosing a favorite or most special "Montessori Moment" is challenging for me. I have been with WMS for more than 20 years and cannot picture myself ever teaching in any other school. From the first day I walked into WMS to this very day, every day is special here, because everyone is respected, everyone is appreciated, everyone is allowed and encouraged to learn and try, and everyone is allowed to be exactly who they are. Can you think of a more wonderful place to learn and teach?
M.A., Art Therapy, Hahnemann University