Saturday, February 20, 2016

art as bodily practice

I love that the Montessori method really focuses on the physicality of learning. Instead of doing math worksheets, the kids have number rods and boards and bead cubes. (It's all about the hands.) One learns one's letters by first tracing sandpaper letters with one's fingers. Muscle memory. Embodiment.

These two articles reminded me a great deal of that imaginative physical acts that pay homage to classical works of art, another subject studied in the Montessori preschool:

- Misty Copeland Recreates Iconic Edgar Degas Artwork for Harpar's Bazaar
- Van Gogh's bedroom recreated in Chicago as Airbnb rental

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