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Thacher Art Blog

Hi – Welcome to Thacher Montessori School’s Art Blog.  I will be posting lots of photographs along with art related announcements.  Check my blog often to find your student’s latest creative project.

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Kristyn Mills
Thacher Montessori Art  Teacher

Incorporating Collaborative Installations inspired by Contemporary Art

Posted by Kristyn Mills on May 19, 2016

In the past few years when I have attended NAEA conferences and Montessori seminars, there has been a big push and discussion to break away from a strong traditional focus on old “Masters” works and to expose students to what exciting and innovative work is going on in contemporary art. After hearing some creative projects […]

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Trust Me……..

Posted by Kristyn Mills on February 27, 2016

Adolescent groups (7th and 8th graders) took on what is probably the most challenging and meaningful project I do with their level (every other year). It is not the final creation for the assignment, which does require lots of introspective preparatory work, but the preliminary stages which challenge them most. Yet it is one of […]

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Creating an Epidemic of Exploration in the Art Room.

Posted by Kristyn Mills on February 8, 2016

One of the biggest challenges I have as an art guide is to encourage students to try something new. You might think, it would be easy because art is subjective and would be a “safe” place to try something new. Who wouldn’t want to be given the opportunity to experiment with some new materials? The […]

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Unexpected lessons in the art room.

Posted by Kristyn Mills on November 23, 2015

There are certainly always many surprises in the art room as far as the limitless creativity of the artists. Students always find new possibilities of ways to incorporate the materials and ways of getting things on themselves, their peers and around the room! There are unexpected lessons that happen too and they always make me […]

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Get Real!

Posted by Kristyn Mills on October 12, 2015

  In Montessori we believe in giving students real experiences. In Children’s House classrooms students wash tables, use wax and polishing agents on shoes, wood, and metal objects, and use a real hammer to pound nails into a stump. Students use glass containers for pouring, science experiments, and other exercises. They use knives to prepare […]

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Local art experiences for artists of all ages

Posted by Kristyn Mills on February 5, 2015

I often am asked about extra curricular art opportunities.  With vacation coming up I thought it might be useful to share a few local gems your family might visit over break. Most people know about the big Boston museums: MOFA, ICA, and The Gardner, so this will highlight a few lesser known museums in the […]

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Graphite (not graffiti!) artists in UE

Posted by Kristyn Mills on January 5, 2015

Students new to the UE classrooms this year are immersed in graphite lessons. They are fine tuning their observational skills and their abilities to capture what they see on paper, which will translate into other mediums as lessons progress and as they explore on their own. For some these skills are innate, while for others, […]

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ICA upcoming family events!

Posted by Kristyn Mills on November 25, 2014

Have you ever attended the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) family events? There is one coming up this weekend! A concert and an art making activity. Up to 2 adults are free with children under 12. http://www.icaboston.org/programs/families/play-date/mister-g/ They have something one a month for families. It is a nice small museum and easy to get […]

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Self-Inspired Adolescents

Posted by Kristyn Mills on November 14, 2014

Looking at something from a different perspective opens up a whole new world of understanding and challenges! Adolescents recently finished taking a closer look at themselves…a really close look at themselves. Using jeweler’s loops they magnified their fingerprints then other areas or items on their person and documented what they found with sketches. Taking inspiration […]

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Back to Basics with Mondrian

Posted by Kristyn Mills on October 26, 2014

It is wonderful to witness the enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity Lower Elementary students bring to their work. After a lesson on the primary and secondary colors and making spinning color wheels, the Lower Elementary classes immersed themselves in the work of Piet Mondrian. Mondrian’s Neoplastic works focused on the most basic elements of art: a […]

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