Our first Musical Movie Night was a roaring success! As the Musical approaches, the cast is set, we're working on integrating children's artwork into our program's design, and the children are thinking about costumes.
The Visual Arts play an important part in the curriculum at Aidan Montessori. At the Elementary level, we offer weekly Studio Art and Art History classes. Aidan's Art Teacher also provides guidance and material information for the Primary and Toddler classes.
Art History classes encourage students to look at and think about art from a variety of cultures, time periods, and artistic movements. Classes discuss how and why a given work of art is made and look for elements that will influence their art making. Students are encouraged to explore the artwork in depth and share their opinions and feelings about the art.
Studio Art classes cover a variety of media, process, and tools. Students learn the elements and principles of art as building blocks to the development of their skills. Projects are designed to encourage students to think like an artist, make connections to their world, and develop their own artistic voices.
Margaret joined Aidan as Art Teacher in 2017, in a convergence of her professional background in both art and childcare. She began her art career as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Much of her work involved kids, schools, and nonprofits that work with children. She transitioned to working with children full-time as a nanny and found that she loved working one-on-one with young children and helping them to cultivate their self-expression and curiosity. She has also worked as a creator of group events, parties, and art workshops for children for 15 years.
Despite her newness to teaching here, Margaret has been a part of the Aidan community as a caregiver for two Aidan students for six years. She enjoyed getting involved in their Aidan classrooms and getting to know Aidan's community and the Montessori method. She also loves continuing to learn by taking advantage of all the museums and cultural events DC has to offer. You can find her taking photographs, reading, booking, crafting new projects, or just walking in the city in her free time.