History of Monart

Books and Curriculum by Founder, Mona Brookes

Drawing With Children, A Creative Teaching and Learning Method That Works For Adults, Too

10th Anniversary revised edition in June of 1996, with curriculum.

Drawing For Older Children and Teens, A Method for Adult Beginners, Too

Over 800,000 copies sold. Used as a textbook by art educators worldwide.

Monart Drawing Thru the Alphabet

Drawing thru the Alphabet, A Phonics, Reading, and Drawing Curriculum for PreK - 2nd Grade

Monart Drawing Thru Geography

Drawing thru Geography, A Phonics, Reading, Drawing and Geography Curriculum for Ages 6 - 8+

Monart Drawing Schools: In Business Since 1981

Currently 22 studio locations and 35 enrichment programs, located in the U.S. and Canada.

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Teacher Training Seminars: From 1983 - present throughout the U.S. and Canada

Continued Education credit given by Loyola Marymount Univ. and Cal Lutheran Univ. Prior programs at Seattle Pacific University, Nevada State Board of Education, San Diego State University.

FEATURE ARTICLES

  1. LOS ANGELES TIMES, View Section, 1985
  2. DETROIT FREE PRESS,  Nov. 1986
  3. HOUSTON CHRONICLE,  Nov. 1986
  4. THE WASHINGTON POST,  Mar. 1987
  5. CREATIVE IDEAS MAGAZINE,  Sept. 1987
  6. PRINCIPAL MAGAZINE,  Jan. 1988
  7. SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE,  Mar. 1988
  8. U.S.A. TODAY, Weekend Section,  Apr. 1988
  9. THE WASHINGTON POST, Update,  May 1988
  10. NEW AGE JOURNAL MAGAZINE,  July 1989
  11. NEW HORIZONS FOR LEARNING MAGAZINE,  March 1990
  12. MONTESSORI REPORTER MAGAZINE,  Winter 1991
  13. LOS ANGELES TIMES, Earthwatch Section,  Spring 1992
  14. DISNEY-FAMILY FUN MAGAZINE, 6 page article,  March 1994
  15. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, Feature Article, July 1996
  16. PHILADELPHIA  INQUIRER, Feature Article, July 1996
  17. NEW YORK POST, Feature Article, July 1996
  18. THE NEWS HERALD, Feature Article, August 1998
  19. CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Feature Article, July 1999, Aug. 2000, July 2001

MEDIA EVENTS

  1. CABLE T.V. SERIES, 1980, “Women of the Eighties” (30 min feature)
  2. DAYBREAK L.A., 1982 “Learning Expectations in Art” (30 min feature)
  3. DISNEY CHANNEL, 1983  Epcot Magazine Show, “Drawing Fun”, (7 min spot)
  4. PANORAMA SHOW, Washington D. C., 1986  Interview and Book Review, (12 min spot)
  5. MACY’S, New York, 1986 Book Department, Autograph Party and Demonstration
  6. NBC TODAY SHOW, New York, 1987 Drawing Demonstration and Interview, (8 min spot)
  7. ABC HOME SHOW, Los Angeles, 1988 Drawing Demonstration and Interview, (11 min spot)
  8. INSIDE SAN DIEGO, KGTV, 1991 Interview and Book Review, (10 min. spot)
  9. FOX NEWS, Seattle, Boston, Phily, Wash. D. C. , 1993,  N.Y., 1996, (5-7 min spots)
  10. THE MORNING SHOW, New York, 1996 Interview and Book Review, (6 min spot)
  11. THE HOME AND FAMILY SHOW, 1996 Interview and demonstration, (28 min feature)
  12. CBS THIS MORNING -“EYE ON AMERICA” 1997 Interview and demonstration (4 min spot)
  13. ADVENTURES IN LIFE, PBS, 2000  Interview and display of student work, (30 min. feature)
  14. THE MORNING SHOW, Ottowa, Canada, 2004  Interview and demo. (10 min. feature)
  15. PHOENIX MORNING SHOW, Phoenix AZ, 2007 Interview and demo. (10 mn. feature)

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

  1. NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Lansing, MI, 1985
    Workshop Leader and Student Exhibit
  2. NEW HORIZONS FOR LEARNING CONFERENCE, Seattle, WA, 1986
    Speaker, “The Role of Art in Education”
  3. TEXAS ART EDUCATORS CONFERENCE, Corpus Christie, TX, 1986
    Demonstration and Student Exhibit
  4. VANCOUVER LEARNING CENTER, British Columbia, 1987
    Workshop Demonstration with 50 children 
  5. SPOKANE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE, Spokane, WA, 1987
    Keynote Speaker, and Workshops for Teachers
  6. LOS ANGELES UNIFIED PRESCHOOL CONF.,Los Angeles, CA, 1988
    Keynote address on Language Acquisition Through Drawing
  7. The SMITHSONIAN, Washington D.C., 1988
    Lecture, Demonstration, and Series of Workshops
  8. THE NATIONAL LEARNING CENTER, Washington D. C., 1988
    8 week Summer Program, and In-Service Training for Teachers
  9. NATIONAL ART EDUCATORS ASSOC.,Washington D. C., 1989
    Keynote Address Panel With Betty Edwards, “Drawing on Drawing”
  10. KENNEDY CENTER EDUCATION DEPT.,Washington D.C., 1989, 1990, 1993
    Biannual Workshops for Educators and Institutional Workers
  11. MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE,San Diego, CA, 1991
    Keynote Address Speech and In-Service Training Workshops
  12. COLORADO STATE EDUCATORS CONFERENCE, Denver, CO, 1992
    Keynote Address Speech and In-Service Training Workshops
  13. NEW HORIZONS FOR LEARNING,Seattle, WA, March 1994
    Howard Gardner Conference on MI, Display of Integrated Curriculum
  14. CORE LEARNING FOUNDATION, Atlanta, GA, March 1998
    Speaker and Workshop presenter
  15. IOWA STATE ART CONVENTION, Sioux City, Iowa, October 1998
    Keynote Address Speech and In-Service Training Workshop
  16. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE CONFERENCE, OK.City,OK. 1999; San Antonio,TX, 2000
    Keynote Address Speech
  17. KENNEDY CENTER EDUCATION DEPT., Washington D. C. June, 2005-June 2007
    Monart Draw and Learn™ Teacher Training Course
  18. CHESTERBROK MONTESSORI SCHOOLS, Arlington, VA Oct. 2009
    Monart and eduArts Drawing thru the Alphabaet Workshop
  19. CALIFORNIA ADVANCEMENT AND PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS, February 2010
  20. Conference, Keynote Address Speech and Hands-on Demonstration 

MAJOR STUDENT ART EXHIBITIONS

  1. Los Angeles Children’s Museum, Continuous changing exhibit  1980-1985
  2. L.A. County. Board. of Ed., Special Arts Festival, 1980-1982
  3. State of Thailand, Cultural Exchange Exhibit, 1985
  4. Federal Bldg. Lobby, Los Angeles, 1986
  5. Washington D.C. Capital Children’s Museum, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993
  6. The Kennedy Center Education Center, Washington D. C., 1989, 1990, 1993
  7. Santa Monica Place Mall, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998
  8. Howard Gardner Conference, Seattle, WA., 1994
  9. The National Learning Center, Washington, D.C., 1996
  10. Foundation for Academic Excellence Symposium, Oklahoma City, OK, 1999, 2000
  11. San Diego Train Station Lobby, 2000, and 2001
  12. Graves Museum, Eureka, CA,  2003-2005

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