Art at OMS Montessori
The Art Resource Room at OMS Montessori is a carefully prepared learning environment devoted strictly to art for students from 6 to 15 years of age. Students can sign out of their Montessori classrooms and come to the Art Resource Room at will, to add to a project, be creative, or create a special card or gift. Groups of students are also invited for specific art lessons so that they acquire a wide variety of techniques and knowledge. Art is a part of a student’s everyday experience at OMS.
Students are introduced to concepts of warm and cool colours, tints, shades and working with a variety of media such as clay, paint, pastels, chalk and pencils as well as textures. Students learn different techniques and styles by examining the work of different artists. For example, students learn about mosaics and tessellation through the work of M.C. Escher and they explore Haida Art through the work of Robert Davidson. Throughout the art program students will discuss the works of Van Gogh, Monet and the Group of Seven as well as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Renoir, Picasso and Modigliani.
Links are also made to the general Montessori curriculum. For example, the history of language is linked to experiences in cueniform writing tablets, Chinese brush work, reed pens, sumi ink and paper making.
Having a space dedicated to art and available to students throughout the day helps our students experience art as an integral part of their lives.