Monart Frequently Asked Questions
What is Monart?
What age is it for?
Where did it come from?
How do I purchase from your Webstore?
We have two videos for you to watch that will show you how to order our lessons, charts, manual, warmup sheets, and training videos. Watch the videos now.
Why does Monart claim to help academic achievement?
What conditions in the method seem to enhance academic learning?
How is Monart different from other drawing programs?
It actually includes basic structure regarding visual perception and a fine arts ability to learn the subject of realistic drawing. It goes beyond what is termed “ directed drawing”, which ends up in all student work simply being a copy of the teachers instructions. Monart teaches a student to see differently. It includes eye exercises and progressive lesson plans with many choices of how to create each student’s own interpretation of a lesson.
Has Monart been used with special needs students?
Yes, Mona was given a three year grant from 1980-1983 from Governor Brown’s California Arts Council, to see how the method worked with 3 different types of learning challenged and “At Risk” students. One of the schools had a population of 120 Autistic, Asperger, ADHD, and ADD students. Another was a private school for 60 gang oriented teens that had been expelled from several Los Angeles schools. The third school was a regular elementary public school in a neighborhood of mostly Caucasian students who were performing at very low skill levels. In all of the programs, it was concluded that the drawing method resulted in phenomenal gains academically as well as positive changes in behavior.
Does Mona still give training seminars or certification classes?
No. Mona turned 80 in 2017. Unfortunately, she no longer has the energy to give personal training classes. Thanks to technology, parents and teachers can have access to her 10-chapter training video and Art Projects for all ages on the new Monart Online Store. She continues to make new projects for the Monart Store and owns the Monart Studio in Berkeley, CA.
Does Mona really believe that there is no right way to do art?
Yes, after 5 years of art school education, she concluded that each art teacher had their preferences and that if she wanted to maintain good grades, she had to please each teacher by drawing to their preferences. After endless trips to museums and art galleries, she came to the opinion that one could see everything imaginable and even the professional critics argued about what was “good” and what wasn’t.
Can you give me an idea of which basic lessons will work for my students based upon degree of difficulty?
Yes. Mona created an excellent resource that breaks down her basic lessons into simple, medium, and more complex. View the Degree of Difficulty List.