Montessori Masterpieces prints available

Here’s your opportunity to take home one of the world’s most famous paintings featuring your child.

Prints of our 2017 class art projects, Montessori Masterpieces, are now available.
Prints will be produced on high-quality art paper; (average size print will be 11″x 14″, but may include white margins and vary slightly by size due to shape and proportions of the original work of art).

All items are $20.00 each. Orders due Tuesday, May 30-FIRM DEADLINE

Items available:

Order form: Montessori Masterpieces Order Form

Deliver your completed order form and check payable to “MMS” to: Beth George, Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304


Additional copies of the paintings sold at our Paint the Town auction may be available to purchasers who match the winning bid. For details, please email


About Montessori Masterpieces

Through a project called “Montessori Masterpieces,” MS students ages 3-14 staged eight living paintings in the community. The scenes were captured digitally and edited into masterpiece images by volunteer photographers, who donated their time and services. The final images were then transformed into canvas paintings by a fine art production house.

The partnership was part of a year long celebration of “Education in Living Color” at Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street in the University of Charleston neighborhood, which is marking its 40th anniversary. The school serves 125 students ages 3-14.

The paintings premiered to the public on Thursday, May 18,  at the Capitol Conference Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as part of the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk, and went up for bid at “Paint the Town,” the MMS spring gala held Saturday, May 20,. (See the event page for details.) The event honored three outstanding educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton. (See below)


The Montessori Masterpieces collection includes:

Primary I: “Snap the Whip” by Winslow Homer with Burns Exposure Photography

Primary II: “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat with Mike Hall

Lower Elementary I: “School of Athens” by Raphael with Mike Winland

Lower Elementary II: “The Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq” by Behzad with Chris Gosses

Upper Elementary I: “Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir with Mark Wolfe

Upper Elementary II: “General George Washington Resigning His Commission” by John Trumbell with Mark Wolfe

Middle School: “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park” by Diego Rivera with Chad Cordell 

After School  Program: “American Gothic” by Grant Wood with JoEllen Zacks

Living and learning history

The Montessori Masterpieces project directly supported and extended the school’s academic curriculum.

To prepare for their recreation of Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip,” one class of preschool children learned about life in the 19th century and played classic American games that children their age enjoyed in time before video games and television. Children in first through third grade gained deeper understanding of their early civilization studies by staging scenes from ancient Greece (School of Athens by Raphael) and Persia (Building of the Famous Palace of Khawarnaq by Behzad.)

Upper Elementary students recreated a pivotal scene from their studies of U.S. history this year by staging John Trumbull’s “General George Washington Resigning His Commission.” Latin history and culture was an area of focus for Middle School students and many of the central themes that emerged from their studies were depicted in the painting they staged, Diego Rivera’s “A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.”

Celebrating art and artists

The eight “Montessori Masterpieces” will go up for bid on Saturday, May 20 at “Paint the Town,” the school’s spring gala to be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Columbia Gas. The brightest night of the year will highlight the school’s 40 colorful years serving more than 1,000 Charleston children and celebrate the contributions of well-known West Virginia artists and educators who have enriched the MMS experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton.

The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Steven Himes and The Voodoo Katz, live and silent auctions and a “Party and Paint” station offering creative fun for grownups. Proceeds benefit the school’s teacher appreciation, financial aid and specialty programming funds.

Tickets start at $75. For more information, please see the event page or call 304/342-7870.