Fine arts at Garden Oaks Montessori is an integeral part of our Montessori program! In the words of Dr. Montessori, "The human hand, so delicate and so complicated, not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment... man 'takes possession of his environment with his hands.' His hands, under the guidance of his intellect transform this environment and thus enable him to fulfill his mission in the world."
—Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
At Garden Oaks Montessori, Fine Arts are intregrated throughout the day in the classroom and in ancillary courses. Our staff our visual arts teacher, Ms. Ding integrates Mandarin Chinese language as well as music in her lessons. Additionally, we offer
- Textile Arts through a partnership with Creativity Shell. During these classes, students learn about fabrics and how to stitch by hand and with a sewing machine. https://www.creativityshell.org/
- Mr Kenneth Clayborne leads the Garden Oaks Montessori singers! Mr. Clayborne shares his tremendous talents with the students at Garden Oaks as the choir performs at special events throughout the city of Houston. In his "free" time, you will find him leading Bayou City Performing Arts where he is the renowned Art Director. https://matchouston.org/presenter/bayou-city-performing-arts
- Houston Young Audiences (HAP) is also a partner with Garden Oaks Montessori. Through a generous grant, students at Garden Oaks are visited by performing artists at school throughout the year such as the performance by Opera to GO! a community outreach program of the Houston Grand Opera. https://www.yahouston.org/
- SongPlay is a very special music program brought to our students by the GO PTO! Volunteers from St. Luke's Methodist Church provide music lessons to students in the Children's House classes.
- We also have artists in residence through the Houston Show Choir! Through a reciprocal arrangement, performing vocal artists provide music lessons to students in the upper elementary classes. Additionally, holiday caroling and family performances are offered to our students and families. Students are also invited to visit rehearsals throughout the year as the group holds rehearsals at the school on Monday and Tuesday nights. You may want to join them by auditioning for an upcoming season! https://houstonshowchoir.org/