The visual and performing arts play a special part in the curriculum and the culture of Bay Farm Montessori Academy. Full-time specialists work with the classroom teachers to ensure that art, music, drama, and dance are integrated throughout the curriculum. Visiting artists augment the arts programs and provide instruction in their specialty. Field trips to performing arts theaters, museums, and galleries give students the opportunity to view the art of others in context, often associated with the learning objectives of their Montessori classrooms.
Benefits of the Bay Farm arts-integrated curriculum:
Academic learning is reinforced when students can demonstrate what they have learned through play-writing and performing, through musical composition and performance, and through two- and three-dimensional art.
Self-confidence, poise, and ability to share the most personal of work are increased in this trusting environment.
Having a wide range of means of communication gives students a variety of alternatives for demonstrating understanding and expressing feelings, ideas, and knowledge.
Students become familiar and comfortable working with a variety of materials (pencil, crayon, paints, clay, wood, cardboard) in various techniques (two- and three-dimensional).
There is an increase in eye-hand coordination.
Art provides a mean of enjoying the creativity of others as well as their own.
They develop an understanding of the life of other cultures, and of their own, as seen through art.