We Be Monsters Collaborative Art Project

10269186_10102612921157118_7122177904410012882_oWe Be Monsters is a culminating event of an intergenerational art collaboration between Downtown Montessori Academy (K8) and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

Our exhibition opening and silent auction will be located at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Gallery at 2300 W. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233 on Friday April 24th from 7:00 – 8:30pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts which provides free arts programming to under-served youth. This community collaboration began with elementary students taking a field trip to MHSA to work with the high school students and draw their “monsters.” Many of the elementary students had never had the opportunity to interact with teenagers and were deeply impacted by their interactions with high school students. Using these “monsters” as blueprints, high school students created 3D marionettes and puppets from the elementary student’s drawings. High school students were highly motivated to create accurate three-dimensional representations of the drawings. Additionally, the theater department came to Downtown Montessori Academy and worked with a group of students to develop a script for a puppet show to be performed for Downtown Montessori Academy’s student body. This project allowed for diverse age groups to interact and gain a deeper understanding of each other and develop positive relationships between schools and communities.

The exhibition will feature drawings and 3D counterparts, video interviews from elementary students before and after the collaboration as well as a video of the puppet show being performed.

For further information please contact Jenny Urbanek at (414) 712-6462 or at jurbanek@downtownmontessori.com

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Have you purchased your Spaghetti Dinner tickets yet? It’s not too late to get in on the fun and help support our upcoming playground remodel. We now have a dedicated page for all your Spaghetti Dinner related needs. Just check out the tab at the top of this page labeled “Annual Fundraiser.”

There are several ways you can help with this fundraiser:

  • Bring in an item for your child’s classroom basket
  • Bring in a bottle of wine valued at $15 or higher
  • Invite your friends and family to the dinner, be sure to pre-purchase their tickets
  • Sign up to volunteer (link on fundraising page will soon be active)


Mindfulness Exercises are Helping Kids Get an Edge in the Classroom

An excellent article from Time Magazine we stumbled upon last week. Great read as we head into our second month of partnering with Growing Minds.

Any teacher who’s ever prodded, begged or bribed a child to sit still and listen knows there aren’t a ton of proven ways to get a kid to tune in. But a slew of new research offers a different suggestion: Breathe. Not you- them.

Mindfulness and meditation programs are emerging as powerful ways to calm kids down, sharpen their brains and make them kinder to their classmates.

[To read full article, click here]

Oaklander, M. (2015, February). A Nation of Mini Meditators. Time Magazine, 54.

Student Art Work Featured at MLK Celebration

Some of our students’ artwork were recently featured at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr’s breakfast this past Monday at the Italian Community Center. This event drew hundreds of community & business leaders, activists and elected officials across the state. All with the common goal of celebrating one of the most important voices during the civil rights movement.
For this project, our students were asked what sort of social change they would like to see in the world. They were given the prompt, “I can dream like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and my dream is…”
The art can be seen in the clip below within the first few seconds.

School-Wide Art Project at DMA

Ms. Jenny’s art classes have undertaken a school-wide project! Our students are making sketchbook covers using collaged paste paper, inspired by author Eric Carle, as well as artists Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Henri Matisse.

After Thanksgiving break the students will be begin binding their books to use as visual journals to use for the remainder of the year. Upper Elementary and Adolescents will learn to professionally bind their own books!  However, in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary we are looking for some extra hands to help bind the books.

If you’d like to help just drop Ms. Jenny an email and come learn basic book binding techniques on Thursday afternoons or Fridays!

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