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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Thacher Montessori Art Teacher
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 […]Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Incorporating Collaborative Installations inspired by Contemporary Art
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 […]Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trust Me……..
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 […]Posted in Studio Art, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating an Epidemic of Exploration in the Art Room.
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 […]Posted in Adolescent Program Art, Lower Elementary Art, Studio Art, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unexpected lessons in the art room.
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 […]Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Real!
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 […]Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
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, […]Posted in Uncategorized, Upper Elementary Art | No Comments »
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 […]Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
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 […]Posted in Adolescent Program Art, Uncategorized | No Comments »
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 […]Posted in Lower Elementary Art | No Comments »