Mona Brookes, founder of the Monart Drawing Schools, attended the Chouinard Art Institute, and received a degree in Psychology and Art from Pepperdine University. She developed the Monart Method in 1979 with children in conjunction with phonetic reading programs for K-6th grade. She received a California Arts Council field study grant, which showed as much as a 20% increase in reading scores.
The Monart Method involves training students to perceive an “alphabet” of sorts focused on five basic elements of shape families that combine to form all objects. By learning to view the world through these five elements and how to transcribe the information to paper, everyone, so-called “drawers” and “non-drawers” can learn to become artists in their own right and develop their own unique style of realistic interpretation.
This widely acclaimed method gives children structured information to improve visual perception and realistic drawing skills. Monart’s comprehensive projects provide the structure and knowledge necessary for learning and help build competence. Teachers report that students’ focus, concentration, and problem solving abilities increase after the first few lessons. Her books are written for both parents and teachers alike. Monart Drawing School’s “Progressive”, Academically-based curriculum stands apart from all other programs.