Students at the Montessori School of Lake Forest spend a great deal of time learning about and caring for their vast outdoor classroom. Through experiential outdoor education, nature journaling and everyday exploration, students learn to appreciate the beauty and importance of their surroundings, the critical role they play in caring for their space, all while integrating the traditional curriculum of math, science, art, writing, observation, critical thinking and how to be good world citizens.
With a strong connection to nature being such an integral part of Montessori education, MSLF is honored to host Winter Artist in Residence – Kathleen Warren. Kathleen’s work is inspired by different eco-systems – mountains, forests, prairies, and beaches to name just a few. Through her art, she seeks to reconnect people with those special places in nature that are meaningful or hold a special memory.
Recently, MSLF hosted a Meet the Artist event to showcase some of Kathleen’s work, and to talk to students and parents about her upcoming workshop series at MSLF, Connecting to Nature through Art. To begin the series, children were encouraged to think about their favorite places in nature and how those places make them feel. With the guidance of Kathleen, students then used torn construction paper and thick watercolor paper to create their special place in art form. Each piece was a truly unique representation of the child’s vision and feelings. With a very successful first workshop complete, students and parents are excited to see what comes next. Workshops will continue at MSLF over the next four weeks.
Kathleen Warren is an abstract landscape artist who uses fabric pieces sewn together to evoke the feeling of a special place in nature. Her personalized pieces are created through interviews and discussions with a client, in order to create the unique palette and design for each and every piece. Samples of her work and details of these EcoMemory pieces can be seen at www.kathleenwarrenstudio.com
As one of the premier Montessori schools in the nation and with a long-standing history of 50 years in the Lake Forest community, the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) offers exceptional learning programs for children ages birth to 15 years. Program options range from half-day to full-day and year-round academic offerings. The school is home to a diverse student body, encompassing eight countries and more than 30 communities in the Chicagoland area.
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