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Without much preparation, planning, or intention, Art as we know it, feel it, experience it, and experiment with it took a huge part in our everyday life. We started 30 Days of Creativity and Art to help navigate our homeschooling toward the creative side of learning and I do not think we will ever stop. Whatever it is – learning poems, listening to classical music, creating mosaics with leaves outside, looking for funny cloud shapes in the sky, painting on a mirror – it all provided a new perspective, and simple fun, discovering life and expressing creativity in a new way every day.
With a 3-year-old preschooler and a new baby, time was becoming an issue. Planning, setting up activities, and preparing printables all became a bit too much to handle. As often it happens in life, help arrived when I needed it the most. I received Art Appreciation Toolbox from a brilliant company Montessori By Mom. It is a great concept and long-awaited help for parents who wish to use the Montessori method with their children at home, however, they struggle to find time to create resources and do endless research. Teresa and Nathan – creators of Montessori By Mom – thoroughly thought through and assembled together a set of activities and toolboxes to make your life easier and enhance the learning of your children by assembling together resources, videos, printables, high-quality materials, and explicit instructions. I am very passionate to tell you all about it. Let me tell you, there wasn’t one day since we got it when my daughter A. would not choose their work from her Montessori shelves. Just yesterday I heard her call: “Mom, I found Kandinsky! I want to make a picture inspired by Kandinsky”.
Montessori Inspired Art Appreciation Toolbox included:
*(our favourite) set of picture masterpieces * two canvas masterpieces prints * poster with arts names and pictures for matching, * make your own paint kit ( cool, eh?) * painting supplies set * Montessori Shape Workbook * Instructions and videos
This equipped me and my child with many opportunities to explore different Art styles, make science experiments using a DIY paint kit, learn about shapes we see in our environment and create A’s own masterpieces.
“If we try to think back to the dim and distant past… what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art… It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen.” —Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
As you probably know in a Montessori environment children are surrounded by beauty, they work on something when they are inspired to do so, children learn to appreciate the process of creating over the final result and their work resembles an experience they would have in real life.
Paintings included in Mini Masterpiece Set intrigued A and gave a great scope of various amazing artists. The size of the cards was perfect and must felt great in the child’s hands. These are fabulous for the initial introduction to the world of famous art creations. With the help of these cards, A could observe the way artists used space, colors, and shapes in their work. She learned to differentiate between realistic and non-realistic paintings. A seemed to be totally absorbed by the masterpieces.
Later she enjoyed matching pictures to the back and white copy, which required a great deal of concentration.
After she gets more familiar with these masterpieces we will continue using this material to learn about the artists behind the masterpieces.
The next day it was time to make her own masterpiece using chemical-free powder to make watercolours. Montessori By Mom had a clever idea for children to create watercolours for painting using mortar and pestle.
There are so many great advantages and learning opportunities that came in place:
– motor exercise – learning about the science behind mixing two colours to receive third – learning to follow the process of creating A’s watercolours. – practising cleaning up and tidying A’s art space
Once it is time for us to learn about Africa we will use mortar and pestle to create paint using berries and curry powder as suggested in the instructional video.
After experimenting with mortar and pestle we decided to use Q-tips to create watercolours straight in the palette. I found that my 3-year-old daughter did not have enough patience to make each colour separately for painting using mortar and pestle. I have to say in the end paintings looked really fresh and colours come out very natural and vibrant. There are so many other art projects that I plan to do with A using Montessori by Mom’s DIY painting kit.
On another day, as a part of the 30 Days of Creativity and Art Series that we started a while ago, we decided to look into the way artists used shapes in their paintings. Montessori Shape Workbook – a part of the Art Appreciation Toolbox – was a great resource for learning to identify shapes in real life. Kandinsky’s painting was a wonderful inspiration for A to create her own using different shapes. You can read more about it in this post.
As you can see my darling had lots of fun! Montessori by Mom toolboxes are curated by AMS-accredited Montessori teachers. With a subscription, you will receive access to videos and printables, explicit instructions and information along with access to an online community where you can join discussions and receive the necessary support.
(This is not a sponsored post. No monetary compensation was offered or received. All opinions are my own. Montessori By Mom did provide Art Appreciation Toolbox for review purposes.)
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Art Appreciation Montessori Resources and Books for Children
This resource is great for preschool and kindergarten students for learning about the cultural aspects of Native American culture. It presents 16 different types of musical instruments with realistic and accurate clipart. Invite your students to match cards and trace labels. Bind labeled cards to make a picture book.
Families of Musical Instruments and Keyboard Instruments Flash Cards for sorting. My Book of Families of Musical Instruments and Keyboard Instruments – for practicing writing and for coloring in. Sheet for self-check This printables is also included in the Music Preschool Pack
Twenty-two 3 part cards with art periods from Stone Age to Postmodernism and Deconstructionism. every card includes key characteristics of the period, major works, main artists one piece of art that represents this art period. This is an overview of Art History. This printable also includes a whole-page format for each card for those who would like to hang it on the wall for display.
Introduction study of Europe that contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the continent while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.
Europe has an incredibly rich art history. This art study of the greatest European artists of all time is a wonderful way to introduce students to the world of art and art history, inspire them to create their own masterpieces.
by Aline D. Wolf (Author), Janine Sgrignoli Wolf (Illustrator)
How to Use Child-size Masterpieces by Aline D. Wolf is a manual that enables adults, who need not be art experts, to present beautiful paintings to young children. Dispensing with the words "Don't touch," which normally accompany the study of fine art, this program invites youngsters ages 3 through 12 to handle postcard-size reproductions (sold separately in the Child-Size Masterpieces books) in a delightful series of graded activities.
This beautifully printed volume is the first in the 8 book series, Child-size Masterpieces for Art Appreciation, by Aline Wolf. This volume contains 36 postcard-size art reproductions to be cut out and used for the first 3 steps of the program: matching identical paintings, pairing two paintings by the same artist and grouping four paintings by the same artist. Carefully chosen to appeal to young children, the selections include a wide variety of subjects and styles. Appropriate for 3-7 year-olds in 3 levels of gradually increasing challenge. Using the How to Use Child-size Masterpieces Handbook, also by Aline Wolf, is suggested.
Wooden Montessori puzzles "Pablo Picasso" will train children’s imagination and creativity. Such pretend games will allow children to learn a lot about artists and their world masterpieces, and help them become an artist.
Infused with a warm, affable tone, Making Music in Montessori is the Guide’s guide to music education, providing Montessori teachers all at once a snappy, practical handbook, music theory mentor, pedagogical manual, and resource anthology. The book’s goal: To give teachers confidence in music, so that when their children walk away from a lesson all fired up to compose their own music, their teacher will know how to guide them.
In Wonder Art Workshop, educator and educational development expert Sally Haughey shares her approach to hands-on, play-based learning with parents, teachers, and other facilitators, offering 25 activities that let your child take the lead in developing their own sense of intrinsic motivation to imagine, experiment, and discover.
A guide to twelve children's art workshops by one of the world's most innovative facilitators and best–selling bookmakers.
Art Workshops for Children is a guide for parents and teachers to organize and execute artistic workshops for children. 12 workshops are featured, each offering a list of materials needed, a step–by–step guide to facilitation, practical tips, illustrated examples, and photos of workshops in progress.
by Rachel Peachey (Author) Format: Kindle Edition
From Montessori teacher, Rachel Peachey, comes 101 easy-to-follow Montessori-inspired craft activities that you can do with children ages 2-6 at home or in the classroom. This book contains crafts inspired by locations all over the world. They help children learn about cultures and geography from every continent. Other activities teach practical life skills, such as letter writing and creative skills like botanical painting. Each activity gives a short introduction, followed by a list of materials needed and steps to complete.
by Melanie LaBarge (Author), Caroline Corrigan (Illustrator)
An empowering and educational alphabet picture book about women artists, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z.
How many women artists can you name? From Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe, to Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Xenobia Bailey, this lushly illustrated alphabet picture book presents both famous and underrepresented women in the fine arts from a variety of genres: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and more. Each spread features a simple line of text encapsulating the creator's iconic work in one word, such as "D is for Dots" (Yayoi Kusama) and "S is for Spider" (Louise Bourgeois), followed by slightly longer text about the artist for older readers who would like to know more. Backmatter includes extended biographies and discussion questions for budding creatives and trailblazers.
by David Stabler (Author), Doogie Horner (Illustrator)
Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations reveal how Leonardo da Vinci, Beatrix Potter, Keith Haring, and other great artists in history coped with regular-kid problems. Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When the world’s most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Jackson Pollock’s family moved constantly—he lived in eight different cities before he was sixteen years old.
This beautiful art encyclopedia charts the evolution of the greatest cultural achievements in painting, sculpture, and photography. The greatest art exhibition at your fingertips! Packed with fascinating facts, clear explanations, and stunning photography, this awe-inspiring art encyclopedia for kids aged 9-12 years takes you on a magical tour through time exploring every artistic style and movement in stunning detail. From Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Mona Lisa to Vincent van Gogh's spectacular The Starry Night, this art history book celebrates the lives of groundbreaking artists and their most famous art masterpieces.
This biography coloring book is all about teaching kids about the lives of famous artists while encouraging their own creativity through coloring and creating. This is Volume 2 of the Famous Artists Biography Coloring Books! Almost 100 coloring pages include 13 original biographies written just for children with age approximate language and content.
by Jennifer Lavallee (Author), Natalia Colombo (Illustrator)
Nature is an Artist explores different art forms that kids can find in the natural world. In the book, a group of children follow Nature—the most inspiring of teachers—as they discover the world’s greatest art show hidden in plain sight. As they witness beautiful landscapes, stunning vistas, and unusual creatures, each child is inspired to recreate their own fine work of art.
Spark your child’s creativity and curiosity with this delightfully curated colors book featuring some of the world’s most iconic artworks.
In this collection, explore unique palette combinations and revolutionary color choices throughout art history, from the lush greens of ancient Egyptian panels to Franz Marc’s vibrant Cows, Red, Green, Yellow to the iconic orange sky in Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
by MaryAnn F Kohl (Author), Kim Solga (Author)
Fun and easy art-appreciation activities abound in this resource that features over 60 great artists across the ages. A concise biography for each artist tells why his or her work is important, and a kid-tested art activity tries out the artist’s approach. Young artists will sketch inventive designs in the style of da Vinci and draw in a nature notebook like Audubon. To understand Rodin, they will create a clay carving.