Our art curriculum was created using the Monart Method designed by Mona Brookes, the founder of Monart and the author of Drawing with Children. This world-renown art program has been taught to tens of thousands of students and teachers in public, private schools and in Monart franchised schools.
This method involves training students to perceive an “alphabet” of sorts focused on five basic elements of shape families that combine to form all objects. By learning to view the world through these five elements and how to transcribe the information to paper, everyone, so-called “drawers” and “non-drawers” can learn to become artists in their own right and develop their own unique style of realistic interpretation.
Just as we are taught how to combine basic phonetic rules to read, musical notes to play an instrument, and dance steps to dance, this method teaches the individual to draw using the five basic Elements of Shape. Once students recognize these elements, they are guided as to how they might combine them on paper so that their drawings represent what they see. During our classes we explore a wide range of subject matter, media, and artistic techniques so that students may continually develop their skills at their own pace.
This program more than a method that teaches people how to draw. Leading educators recognize it as a teaching system that helps students to focus and concentrate, make decisions, solve problems, sequence and develop hand-eye coordination. In a peaceful environment students learn that drawing is a teachable subject in which anyone can be successful.
At our school we offer the following programs :
Kinder Art program is an introduction to representational drawing geared to the attention span and motor coordination of 4 to 6 year olds. Students work on their ability to recognize the elements of shape and combine them in drawing the creatures from nature and objects from their world. Students will receive phonic learning of the alphabet integrated into the drawing lessons.
Media: Markers, chalk pastels, acrylic paint and occasional watercolor
Lessons: The lessons include drawing exercises and projects that are designed so that the child will experience the connection between Phonics and reading, and the learning of the names, places or animals while finding the wonder in drawing and expressing themselves through art. Lessons are designed to be fun and engaging.
Drawing Made Easy and Fundamentals of Arts (6 to 13 Years Old)
Students will use a variety of media, incorporate the Elements of shape, learn to see and draw realistically, and have the creativity to create their drawings with self expression.
Media for Drawing Made Easy:
Colored Pencil, Marker, Oil Pastel, Chalk Pastel, Marker
Media for or Fundamentals of Arts : Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Marker, Oil Pastel, Chalk Pastel, Acrylic Paint, Marker
In Fundamentals of Arts class they are also given the chance to explore a wide range of subject matter, media, and artistic techniques so that students may continually progress at their own pac.
As our artists start drawing through the program they will learn techniques to see the world around them and translate this newfound vision into the two-dimensional and tree-dimensional world of drawing. Children will draw from lessons that have a focus on geography, people, scenery, objects, animals nature ,the human form, perspective, and proportion.
Classes generally meet once a week and run continually throughout the academic year. Our curriculum and projects are designed to present a progressing level of skill and challenge so that students can gain the most out of our program. Our small class size and individualized instruction allows you to join at any time.
This course is aimed at students who intend to apply for a foundation course and will focus on the major areas that should be represented in an applicant's folder
Private lessons focus on accomodating individual needs and expectations.The pace of lessons is driven by the student's ability and desire to learn.
*** Schedule is subject to change based on enrollment. Registration: $30 per student.Classes are ongoing throughout the academic year (September-August). Students may enroll at any time during the year provided space is available (tuition is pro-rated if you sign up mid-month). Tuition: *based on 4 lessons per month** (HST is not included).