Exploring Art & Teamwork with Cubism & Monoprint

Lower and Upper Elementary students recently embarked on a fantastic adventure in Art class. Imagine a room full of bright-eyed little artists, markers and paintbrushes in hand, ready to dive into the worlds of Cubism and mono-printing, guided by the principles of Montessori education. It’s been an experience filled with laughter, learning, teamwork and a lot of creative exploration.

Student example of Cubism

Cubism, known for its abstract shapes and bold perspectives, might seem a bit sophisticated for young artists, but to our delightful surprise, the children embraced this style with enthusiasm and curiosity. They looked at objects from multiple angles, piecing together their impressions into vibrant, abstract pieces of art. It was like watching little Picassos and Braques in action, each with their unique twist on the style.

An Example of Cubism: Pablo Picasso, “Three Musicians,” 1921

Then came the magic of mono-printing. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, it’s a form of printmaking where each print is unique. The children were fascinated by the process—engraving plates, applying paint, pressing paper, and revealing their creations with wide-eyed wonder. This hands-on approach was not just about creating art; it was a sensory experience that resonated deeply with the Montessori ethos of learning through doing.

Example of Monoprint: Naum Gabo, “Opus Ten”

What truly stood out during these sessions was the spirit of teamwork. Our Montessori approach emphasizes collaboration and peer learning, and it was heartwarming to see this in action. The children shared materials, worked hand-in-hand, and helped each other by working at the same pace as a team! This camaraderie was the backbone of our Art class, turning individual efforts into a collective masterpiece.

Example of Cubism: Georges Braque, “Violin and Candlestick,” 1910

Throughout this journey, the children also learned an invaluable life lesson: embracing unpredictability. In art, as in life, things sometimes go differently than planned. A brushstroke might take a wrong turn, or colors might blend unexpectedly. But these young artists learned to see the beauty in these surprises. They understood that sometimes the most beautiful art comes from the most unexpected places.

As we wrapped up our sessions, it wasn’t just the beautiful artwork that we celebrated. It was a journey—filled with teamwork, creative expression, and learning to find joy in the unexpected. These lessons extend far beyond the classroom, shaping our children’s approach to challenges and new experiences in their everyday lives.

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