Little Innovators Montessori

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

We love exploring materials, choosing, layering and creating freely! Materials are like words. The richer the experience, the richer the vocabulary, the more solutions you can see and express! Understanding materials through hands-on experiments is crucial in our Art- as well as Montessori program.

Since we had so much fun working on our Big Wall Mural we each wanted to make our own Wall Art next. The bar is set high: “We’re artists, we’re going to open up a real art museum” Willie) and questions like “are these real artist paints?” (Willie), “can we do another canvas painting?” (Issaac), “but a big one!” (Harper) can be heard a lot.

Hence we had to explore with a new “real artist” paint on more canvas. Inspired by textile designer Kindah Khalidy’s paintings and her use of vivid colors, playful lines and organic shapes, we used Acrylic Paints for the first time and tried to use as many colors as possible. We discovered how quickly Acrylic Paint dries and explored layering patterns, shapes and lines with more Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastels in contrasting colors: “You can draw on paint?” (Ozzy), “The yellow won’t show on your yellow paint!” (Willie). “This feels gooey!” (Willie), “It’s already dried!” (Isaac). Since Acrylic Paint won’t come off our clothes (“is it real grown-up artist paint?” – Issac), we came up with new solutions: “if it get’s on our clothes we can just paint over it (with Acrylics) and mix it the color of this shirt!”.

We also learned how to make pompoms :). Making pompoms requires serious attention and works to develop fine motor skills, as well as cross-body movements (more on this below).

Of couse we still wanted to make our very own Wall Mural! This week we welcomed Hazel to our group of 3-4 year old’s. We told her what we remembered about using the various art materials offered for the Wall Mural, as well as the order in which to use them to layer and make big Wall Art: oil pastels, glue and paper shapes (“one dot at a time, and then you press it on! – Cady) , tempera paint (“you can pick up one paint at a time – and then you put it back!” – Wyeth & Lucinda), brayers and tape (“you have to share! – Cady) etc.

Set with all that we went on to each create our own Wall Mural – on transparent paper which will look like stained glass taped into your windows!

Bilateral coordination is an essential developmental skill involving the use of both sides of the body together to perform a task. As adults we often use this skill in daily life without much thought, however as children grow this is skill that requires practice, play, and opportunity. Two components of bilateral coordination are crossing the midline and body awareness, with core strength and posture playing a physical role.


Crossing the midline requires one hand, arm, leg or eye to move to the other side of the body. This can be sitting crossed legged, reading left to right, learning to tie your shoes with both hands, shaking hands with a new friend, painting, etc. By engaging in activities that require midline crossing we are making each side of the brain talk to the other and reconnecting the body to the brain.


Body awareness is the sensation of knowing where your body is in space, without using your vision. We use this skill when our feet leave the ground, when climbing stairs, when spinning, skiing, and simply playing with friends. Opportunities to develop body awareness allow the front section of the brain which controls attention and behavior (and many other things) to activate and integrate with the rest of the brain. By participating in activities like vertical painting we are not only activating the emotional and creative areas in our brains (and creating amazing art!) we are working on important physical skills as well. How do you notice your child working on cross-body movements at home? 

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