The Montessori Art Mentor curriculum (MAM) is broken down into definable sections that are interdependent, starting with our underlying philosophy. I suggest that you read the brief description of each section.

THE UNIQUENESS OF MONTESSORI ART EDUCATION PART 1 – OUR METHOD A comprehensive exploration of how the method is employed to deliver rich, meaningful art education

THE UNIQUENESS OF MONTESSORI ART EDUCATION PART 2 – THE ENVIRONMENT How the organization of the studio, the equipment, and the school day promotes art in the classroom

PRACTICAL LIFE Activities and lessons that teach the control of water and the importance and fun of order and cleanliness

BASIC SKILLS The safe and effective use of basic materials and equipment (scissors, staplers, glue, etc.)

ART FORMS: I & II Simple to complex drawing, painting, origami etc.

THE ART CHART Delineates all the aspects needed to create a work of art, starting with its idea

GENERATING PERSONAL IDEAS Thirteen different ways for children to discover and plan their own creative ideas

SENSORIAL MATERIALS Teaching artistic concepts using the Montessori sensorial equipment

UNDERSTANDING ART I Activities that explain and define the elements of art

UNDERSTANDING ART II Detailed lessons that teach the qualities of color

VISUAL THINKING Enjoyable activities that require solving problems using visual cues, clues and imagination

HISTORY OF ART A visual overview of the Art of Western Civilization from prehistoric times to the present, revealing what is important to each era

LARGE PROJECTS Examples of works of art produced by an entire class (or more than one class, more than one level, or an entire school) working together


Two Kinds of Lessons The sections represent two different kinds of lessons that release children and adults to make authentic works of art. The first are clear lessons on how to make an art form such as a painting, a stellated octahedron, or an off the loom weaving. The second are lessons that demystify how a visual idea is constructed or communicated. Visual art language can be broken down into to understandable sensorial pieces and function like those for written and spoken language.


  • Practical Life
  • Basic Skills
  • Art Forms I & II
  • Generating Personal Ideas
  • Large Projects


  • The Art Chart
  • Sensorial Materials
  • Understanding Art I & II
  • Visual Thinking
  • History of Art

You and the children can learn together Open a section and enjoy the pictures and review the lessons. You will discover where you want to start. It is possible for a Montessorian to implement and integrate lessons into their environment easily from at least seven or eight sections of the MAM Curriculum.

• The Environment: Name tags, finished and unfinished work boxes

• Practical Life: Control of water activities • Basic Skills: Safely using basic equipment, Kirigami, Knot tying

• Art Forms I: Coffee Tray, Drawing, Simple painting, paper folding

• The Art Chart: Title plus “All art starts with an idea”

• Understanding Art I: The Elements: line, shape, color, texture, and space

• Generating Personal Ideas: Affirmations, Traditional Ideas in The Art Chart

• Visual Thinking: Simple Matching, Hanafuda Cards, bead patterns

In the beginning, you may not need an art shelf. Put dry work anywhere it will relate to what is there. For example, put the steps to make an origami puppet in the library part of the room. The children can think of ways to use their puppet to tell a story, make a favorite character come to life or practice public speaking. Put wet work near the sink and practical life activities.

If you are a 9-12 Montessori teacher you can always introduce the 5-9 work before proceeding to the 9-12 activities. You choose. The website will continue to expand, for at least another year. Additional lessons will be added to existing sections.

The Montessori Art Mentor is available to answer questions by phone: 1-513-351-9038 or by email: See the MAM Blog page for valuable and interesting information and activities.