Montessori Kinder mural project is tribute to music

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 3/20/15

Music and art are finding common space in a new project at Montessori Kinder.

One recent sunny day, students ventured outside to paint pictures of instruments for a mural.

Through funds from …

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Montessori Kinder mural project is tribute to music

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Music and art are finding common space in a new project at Montessori Kinder.

One recent sunny day, students ventured outside to paint pictures of instruments for a mural.

Through funds from an Allied Arts grant, the school was able to hire artist Renel Plouffe to lead the mural project for the students.

“She will build a background and unite what they did in one working mural,” said Joelle Cavitt, primary and art teacher.

The finished product should be complete in a week or two.

“I’m really excited,” Cavitt said.

She wanted to create a project that would beautify a space near the school’s outdoor recycling bin and create an outdoor learning opportunity.

“We try to do immersion and we try to allow them (the students) to experience their space at all times,” Cavitt said. “In Montessori, anything you interact with is a lesson.”

The moral will be displayed over a set of homemade instruments.

“I thought, ‘What could incorporate visual art and musical art together in a project … they could really participate in and put their mark on the school?’ and I thought an outdoor mural would be a wonderful thing,”Cavitt said.

The art teacher said she wanted the project to be something the students would see and remind them as they grow that they were able to be a part of beautifying the school. Students ages 5 to 9 participated in the project.

Cavitt said having a working artist on the project gives students another perspective on art.

“I always think that it is good to expose them to a new person and how their perspective is,” Cavitt said. “My kids enjoyed meeting her. They enjoyed going outside to paint.”

The project gave the students a way to see form take shape in an object.

“To see how instruments were really just circles and squares and rectangles all put together,” Cavitt said.

Plouffe is originally from Quebec, Canada.

Allied Arts awarded $500 to the school as part of its annual grants funded through the Chair-ries Jubilee campaign.

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