Montessori Masterpieces

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Columbia Gas Building


Paint the Town with MMS

Each spring, Mountaineer Montessori School presents a special fundraising event. Proceeds support financial aid, specialty programming and teacher appreciation funds. This year’s event, “Paint the Town,” will celebrate our school’s vibrant tradition of education in living color and honor three teachers and guest artists who have enriched our arts programming for a combined 75 years: Barrie Kaufman, Nancy Johnston and Charly Hamilton. Guests will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevres, live music, a salute to our art teachers, auctions and other creative fun.

For more information, please see the Paint the Town event page



Montessori Masterpieces

An auction of student-involved art pieces has been a highlight of these events. ¬†For this year’s fundraiser, classes will recreate famous works of art as photos. Copies of the photos will be sold to parents as a fundraiser and one photo of each classroom will be reproduced as a “masterpiece” on canvas, to be auctioned at “Paint the Town.”







Selecting the Masterpiece

The “masterpieces” may be a literal recreation or modern adaptation of a recognizable work of art. Each teacher will determine the process for choosing the subject matter for his or her class photo in consultation with the photographer, room parent and Montessori Masterpiece Coordinator Katie McFadden. Some teachers may wish to choose a painting that complements their students’ classwork. For example, recreating “Washington Crossing the Delaware” could support American history studies. Older students may want to help choose “their” painting. Except for Upper Elementary, each class will be limited to one painting.






MMS is inviting professional photographers to recreate a Montessori Masterpiece with us. Participating photographers will agree to:

In return, MMS will be pleased to:






Costumes and Staging

Photographers, room parents, teachers and the Montessori Masterpiece coordinator will collaborate on the necessary props, backdrops, costumes, make up, etc., needed to stage each photo. MMS is pursuing costume and staging partners to assist in this process.








MMS will display the final canvas prints at a venue to be determined leading up to ArtWalk on Thursday, May 18. Photographers and the entire MMS community will invited. A marketing and media campaign to promote this event will be undertaken.









Montessori Masterpiece contacts:

Project Chair: Katie McFadden,; 202/701-7400 (cell/text)

Photographer Chair: Abbey Fiorelli,; 304/380-6465 (cell/text)

Paint the Town Chair: JoEllen Zacks,; 312/622-3008 (cell/text)

MMS Director: Jennifer Carriger,; 304/342-7870





Here are some ideas to get you started, including photo recreations of famous paintings and paintings that may lend themselves to being staged by MMS students: