Art Education Program
Every Child is an Artist | Our Montessori Art Curriculum
The Montessori philosophy encourages freedom, within limits, and art is no different. Once a child has received an art lesson, they are free to do the lesson on their own. If they know how to start and how to clean up, what happens in the middle is up to them.
Here at Sea Pines Montessori Academy, art is one of our favorite things! Each classroom has a dedicated art area, and it’s safe to say that art activities are among the most popular choices available.
Preprimary and Primary art classes involve creating process art. The focus is on the process and not the product. In creating process art, there are no step-by-step instructions, there are no samples for children to follow, there is no right or wrong way to explore and create. The art is focused on the experience and on an exploration of techniques, tools, and materials, the art is unique and original, the experience is relaxing and calming, and most importantly the art is entirely the children’s own. The art experience is a child’s choice. Art activities for Pre-Primary and Primary give these little learners the chance to explore, discover, and manipulate the world around them. Young children use art activities as a way to learn through various experiences. These art experiences are flexible and open-ended, creating art using various mediums where ideas can be anything!
Lower and Upper Elementary Art
Art is a wonderful way to increase fine and gross motor skills, develop creative thinking, learn about the world around us, share in a fun experience, build friendships, and most importantly, build a positive sense of self-esteem. The creation of art is the expression of the heart, mind, and hand. Students are encouraged as artists to communicate their ideas, identity, and interests. I want each student to be proud of their ability to make art. Our art program fosters creativity, self-expression, confidence, and understanding that their work is unique and of value. Students learn to apply proper safety procedures. Students make connections through personal expression, to other areas of learning. Students show respect for their workspace and art supplies. Students learn and demonstrate knowledge in learning new art techniques.
Middle School Art
Art Instruction at the Middle School level is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the elements of art and the principles of design. It allows them to explore a variety of mediums and genres of art. Various art skills and techniques are revisited, reviewed, and built upon from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Students investigate a wide range of media and techniques, from both a historical and contemporary perspective, as they engage in the art-making processes of creating two-dimensional and 3-dimensional works, which may include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and/or collage. Student artists reflect on their own artwork and that of others through critical analysis to achieve artistic goals related to craftsmanship, technique, and application of 21st-century skills. Opportunities are provided for creative decision-making in the context of the structural elements of art and the organizational principles of design. Students are Art Buddies to our Kindergarten students, reading with them, and creating art with them once every month. This helps develop confidence, leadership, and role modeling to our younger students.