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Art – Preprimary (ages 3-6)

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The Montessori classroom is designed to develop the child’s creative and aesthetic sensibilities. All of the exercises on the shelves are put together using natural materials; they are color-coordinated and arranged in a way that pleases the eye. The classroom is decorated with beautiful and inviting posters as well as prints of works by famous artists and the children’s own work.

The art area offers children opportunities for exploring and experimenting with a variety of media. As in other areas of the classroom, children are free to choose to work in the art area on projects of their own imagining. Such open-ended art activities provide the young child with means for expressing herself and exploring her own creativity. At the same time, teachers introduce a progression of art exercises that help the child to develop the fine motor skills (coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, drawing, weaving and tracing) that empower the child to create art independently. In addition to colored pencils, crayons, markers and paints, the art area includes various kinds of papers and materials for beading, weaving, sculpting and inventing with recycled materials.

The Primary art teacher also visits the preprimary classrooms once a week to work on special art projects with the students there, as well as working collaboratively with the preprimary teachers to incorporate art into their interdisciplinary projects, such as the Chinese New Year Parade, Mardi Gras Parade and study of Jazz and New Orleans to name a few. As the year progresses, teachers may add new materials and suggested projects to the art areas. Children will explore patterns with paper weaving and beads, and they will experiment with color using paints. Homemade play dough offers an opportunity to follow a recipe along with the tactile experience of sculpting.
The Montessori classroom is designed to develop the child’s creative and aesthetic sensibilities.

The art area offers children opportunities for exploring and experimenting with a variety of media.

The Primary Art Teacher also visits the preprimary classrooms once a week.
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