A Hand that Obeys
A Soul that Feels
with permission via The Joyful Child Montessori Company: (www.thejoyfulchild.us)
Teaching art appreciation is an important part of the Montessori art curriculum.
Studying Artists and their Works in the Montessori ClassroomBeginning in the Montessori 3-6 classroom, children are ready to hear stories about great artists. Art books, such as Mike Venezia’s The World’s Greatest Artists series can be place on your art shelves for children to read through at their leisure. They can also be used for whole class instruction on artists and techniques.
Using Marc Chagall as an example, there are a variety of lessons and activities that can be done with young children. After reading about Chagall, talk to children about how he used childhood memories and images to come up with his beautiful, dreamy, and mysterious artwork that we call surrealism. Discuss his use of bright, pure colors as well as his use of arbitrary color for ordinary objects as well as his use of unusual size. Talk about how he uses size and color to make objects seem important and to draws the viewer’s attention to it.
Afterwards, using tempera paints, watercolors and crayons, allow the children to create their own works of art imitating Chagall’s style.
Be sure to check your local art museums for Chagall exhibits. There are several Chagall Museums worldwide. The Kohl Children’s Museum also rents a traveling Chagall exhibit that may be of interest to your community.
As the poet, John Keats (1795 – 1821) once said:
Children who learn to appreciate the beauty of artistic works open their souls to the beauty and goodness of humanity and will strive forever to protect it.
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.