In Montessori teaching, we are always taught to have beautiful examples of art in our classrooms. Now, you can have art that is meant for display, for discussion, for matching, for sorting, and for writing and reading activities. You can even practice organizing the art by the year painted or the style. There are so many possibilities!
You can read many inspirational ideas about bringing art to life in your classroom in our blog post on Art in the Classroom.
We have many series available so that you can rotate materials on and off your shelves. Each series is available in five formats (scroll down for more info):
- Fine Art Display Cards (large format for discussion and display; these are for your Fine Art Folders)
- Fine Art Matching Cards
- Fine Art 3-Part Cards
- Artist 3-Part Cards
- Fine Art 4-Part Cards
Here's how these cards grow with your children.
Start by introducing the artwork with our Fine Art Display Cards for your Fine Art Folders. Use these larger format cards to explore the details of each work of art and learn about the year it was made, the artist, and the artwork's style. Then, invite the children to display their favorites on mini-easels they place throughout the room.
Fine Art Display Cards (Fine Art Folders)
Once the children have experience with the Fine Art Display Cards, move on to our Fine Art Matching cards. These allow children to work with the artwork they love in a new way.
Fine Art Matching Cards
Use either the Fine Art Display Cards or Fine Art Matching Cards to inspire the children who are starting to write. Guide them to choose a favorite piece of art and write about it using the movable alphabet, chalkboards, or pencil/paper (whatever is appropriate for that child).
Next, when the children are reading non-phonetic words, introduce the 3-Part Fine Art and 3-Part Artist Cards. Here, children start to understand that both the name of the art and the name of the artist are important. They also get to match the names of the painting/artists with their self-portrait, portrait, or photograph that they came to know through the Fine Art Display Cards. The artists presented correspond with the artists for each piece of art included in the series.
Fine Art 3-Part Cards
Artists 3-Part Cards
Finally, introduce the Fine Art 4-Part Cards where they match a picture of each artwork with the artwork's name and artist.
Fine Art 4-Part Cards