Montessori Masterpiece Children's Art Showcase
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"If we try to think back to the dim and distant past... what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art... It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen."

—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind


Do you know a budding young artist? We're looking for creations full of passion, not perfection. Inspire an open-ended art project with a masterpiece, give them the tools, and walk away. Their take, rather than a step-by-step process of replication, is what we are looking for. A new young master artwork will be featured in each issue of Froggy's Montessori Family Resource Guide, as well as the Rising Stars Foundation website and social media. It is fitting that a publication for the benefit of children showcase the work of children!  Examples of masterpieces are shown below, but any masterpiece may be chosen for inspiration. 


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What is a Montessori masterpiece?

Often referred to as “child-sized masterpieces,” a Montessori masterpiece is a child’s interpretation of a preexisting artwork. Recognizing and learning about an artist and their own art-making process is an integral component of becoming informed citizens of the world. It is a way of learning about and interpreting history. This child-led activity exposes young people to formative works of art, enhances fine motor skills, stimulates free expression, and lays the foundation of a new skill. Children are encouraged to engage in open-ended expression of the inspiration piece. This prompt can take many forms, from direct replication to recreating the work in a unique style. 

Montessori embraces the process of art making over the product. The process of creating art is an exercise in becoming. It is both world-reflecting and world-building; a simultaneous expression and transformation of the self. Through engaging with art, we connect with history, culture, and our bodies/senses. 

About our children's art showcase

Montessori masterpieces value process over product. Our evaluation criteria seeks to align with this value of process. 

Criteria for selecting the published Montessori masterpieces
  • Passion shown in completion of project (5 points)

  • Correctly naming artist of inspiration artwork (5 points)

  • Innovative interpretation (5 points)

  • Replicated impressively (5 points)

Guidelines for the children's art showcase

The competition is split into four age groups: 3 to 5, 6 to 9, 10 to 14, and 15 to 17. Four images will be featured in each issue of our resource guide, and will also be posted on our website. Submissions must include the name, age, and location (city, state) of the applicant. The winner’s information will be published alongside their masterpiece. 

Children ages 6 to 17, include a statement on how you are, or would like to, make a positive impact on the world. This can be as short as a single sentence or as long as a paragraph (200 word limit.)

Select any artwork that inspires. Below are some images for inspiration. 

Guidelines
  • Name your image: firstname_lastname_s2023.jpg

  • Student's name, address, age, and date of birth must be included with your submission

  • Artwork is limited to one entry per student per quarter

  • For ages 6 to 17 - write a statement or short paragraph describing a positive impact the child is having or would like to have in the world 

  • Artwork should be submitted as a high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400 pixels by 2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork

  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size

  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format

  • Art can represent the following mediums: drawing and painting (i.e., pencil, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, paint, water media, mixed media/collage

  • Each piece of art must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the student; if a teacher is submitting a student's artwork, the entry must still have the signature of a parent or legal guardian

Deadline

Deadline for inclusion in the Spring 2023 issue: January 25th, 2023.


Submission images and information will be kept in a secure database until the winner is chosen. Submission entry images may also be used for contest promotions.

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Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree by Mary Cassatt

Vase with Three Sunflowers  by Vincent van Gogh