At Montessori Academy of Spartanburg, the Arts are an integral part of the child’s education. Children begin at a very early age to participate in and learn a wide range of arts from visual arts to music to foreign languages. This is an important part of our holistic approach to education. We also feel it is very important to display the students’ work not just in the classroom, but throughout the school. We want their art to be visible and the classrooms to be aesthetically beautiful.
Visual Arts are very important at Montessori Academy of Spartanburg because it is one of the easiest ways for a child to express themselves and realize their creativity. We encourage students to produce art not only during their designated art period, but in the classroom as well. For the younger students, visual arts not only allows them self-expression, but also improves their fine motor skills. Starting in Lower Elementary, students begin to receive a more refined art education. Once a week the students have a class in Art History and a class in Studio Art. The Art History class corresponds with the lessons the students are learning during normal class time. The Studio Art class allows the students to learn different elements as well as the principles of design. All students learn material conservation and craftsmanship, which work hand in hand with the Montessori principles. At the end of the school year, the school holds an Art Sale and Auction called “Art at Twilight” where students sell some of the artwork they have produced during the year. All proceeds from “Art at Twilight” directly benefit the Visual Arts program and help to provide the funding for the materials for the next school year.
Music is another very important area of study. The music program begins with the infant level and continues through the upper levels of the school. Children are introduced to music, sound and singing. Once a week, students participate in a music class that helps introduce them to this enriching program. Students learn music history and are also taught to play different musical instruments. Non-interruptive music is played in the classrooms to help students focus while also providing a calming atmosphere.
As part of the Montessori philosophy of becoming citizens of the world, students learn a foreign language. Once a week, Spanish is taught starting at the infant level and going through the upper levels. Students learn not only the language, but also the culture.
After School Clubs
Students can also sign up for one or all of the After School Clubs. Each club meets once a week after the school day finishes. Currently the school offers Art, Running and Culture Clubs. The clubs are for ages Kindergarten and up.