Montessori Tides School brings much needed inspiration to the subject Art. Like many of us have grown up believing art is not just found in the arts. We can no longer limit art to just dance or theater or music or writing or painting, though it is in all those things. Art is in business, medicine, science, technology, real estate, education, nature, and can manifested in everything we do. Dr. Montessori described the most important work is done with the mind and body working together to create when she said, “The hands are the instruments to mans intelligence.”
Integrating art into all the areas of the classroom, as a way of aiding the development of the hand, is to maximize the child’s school experience. As we extend the indoor curriculum to the outdoor environment we are enriching the child’s skills and broadening their ability to experience original creativity.
Recently we installed 5 art easels to our outdoor spaces. This new element is allowing children to experience various mediums in color and tools, use of skill and imagination in the production of things of beauty. The element alone does not produce art. We cannot teach a child to be an artist. Montessori says we can help him develop: An eye that sees – a hand that obeys – a soul that feels.
Sandboxes with stump borders are coming soon. This element will give children the chance to be extraordinarily creative making sand castles, roadbeds, mountains, tunnels, and all kinds of other play scenes. The stump boarders will assist in purposeful movement, balance, coordination, and self-control. Together providing children with the perfect combination of the mind and body working together.
The imagination box is filled with different items that encourage imaginative play and allow self-expression. Items included in our box are ribbons to twirl, hats to wear, and capes to run in. The children are finding endless ways to express themselves.
At Parent Education Night, Kathy Graham reminded her listeners, “The child works for purposes we do not see but with patience we begin to see.” The implication that children can teach themselves is to imply a child is creative by nature. At Montessori Tides not only are children being shaped by art, they are carrying from their Montessori school experience original creativity to shape the world around them. What doesn’t exist in their world, they will bring into being and leave a mark in any field they advance into. Now that’s art!
I heard art described once, “ Art is love on a canvas. Art says, see me – my beauty. Earth is one big canvas and the faces of nations are art. The hearts of children are a Montessorians canvas.”