In lower and upper elementary, kicking off the day with an art project is an exciting day—and for good reason. By planning an art project the children can use in an event, like our Spring Nature Walk and Camp Out, we fire up their curiosity and engage student’s sense of inquiry about their up-coming experience—the moment a project begins.
I have absolutely loved art my whole life, or at least as far back as I can remember (Primary level). I am not an artist in a professional sense, or even in a talented sense. But it’s a big part of what makes me happy. Whether it’s going to a museum, painting a spirit-inspired piece, creating graphics or watercolors, or simply doodling, I am a big fan of spending my free time this way. So, its no surprise that I love every minute watching Montessori Tides students indulge in art projects.
This week Ms. Ashley Knebel (MTS parent) came to school and made beeswax lanterns with the elementary students. Unfortunately, I was unable to watch the project but I heard from the children a delight in their heart over what they had created. I heard great anticipation stirring from within over using there personally, hand crafted lantern, to help illuminate their path in Saturday evenings Lantern Walk. After receiving several overviews from different elementary children, I began to take solace in KinderArt creator Andrea Mulder-Slater’s words:
We are reminded at Montessori Tides, art overflows into every aspect of life and should be experienced beyond the classroom and at all ages. We are so thankful for our parents, who come and foster their love of art and nature to our classrooms. Ms. Knebel and her entry art project to Saturday’s event, gave art a purpose and made the piece tangible. The children have something to bring to the event, and something to remind them of the event afterward.
To help tie your senses into this experience in a more real way, follow the link and you too can make a lantern for Saturday’s event or for your own inspired walk.