Art & Movement
In addition to a curriculum of math, history, language, geography, science, sensorial, and practical life, our students also explore art and movement on a weekly basis.
Art has a natural place in the Montessori environment, and it is woven into many of the lessons and projects within the classroom. Children’s House students are exposed to various types of art media on a daily basis as part of the integrated curriculum, including crayons, markers, pencil, chalk, paint, clay, and textiles.
Art is also integrated into the middle school curriculum as an Occupation.
At the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels, St. Vrain Community Montessori School has distinct art programs led by knowledgeable and supportive Guides.
Lower Elementary Art
Lower Elementary students are introduced to an art vocabulary and many art techniques, as well as a variety of art materials and media including charcoal, drawing pencils, colored pencils, pen, water color, oil pastels, crayons, markers, and tempera paint.
While exploring these elements, students create abstracted art focusing on line and shape, contour and blind contour line drawings, value-based mandala designs, colorful bird portraits, texture grids based on actual and implied texture, and very colorful paintings where they explore the artistic technique of stippling or pointillism.
Upper Elementary Art
Upper Elementary students build on what they learned during Lower Elementary by delving deeper into their knowledge of art movements (such as Cubism, Impressionism, etc.) and into the elements.
They incorporate the elements (line, shape, form, space, value, texture, and color) and Principles (balance, rhythm/movement, repetition, emphasis, unity, and proportion) into their work each week. In the 6th year, students gradually move to independent study, where they explore a topic of particular interest to them.
All students share their artwork with their families and the community each February during the “For the Love of Art” Show.
Charlie Hickman, Lower and Upper Elementary Art Guide
Amy Clarke Moore, Middle School Art Studio Occupation Guide