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According to Dr. Montessori, one cannot “teach” a child to be an artist, but one can help the student develop “an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels.”

Ruffing’s Art program strives to be a positive and exciting experience for all students. The art curriculum is related to the major aims of contemporary art education: developing an informed appreciation for and a life-long interest in learning more about art, as well as using art as a means of self-expression.

The four interrelated disciplines form the basis of Art instruction at Ruffing:  art appreciation, aesthetics, art criticism, and creative expression. Every student has the capacity and potential to develop himself/herself creatively, and Ruffing’s experienced and nurturing art faculty embrace this philosophy.

Not only do students work on creative activities, but they also study art in relation to historical and cultural context and current artistic movements. Ruffing’s interdisciplinary approach connects art studies with the core curriculum each grade is studying, such that creative connections are made with students’ cultural, science, language arts, math, and music studies. Students are encouraged to see things in new ways and to feel “awakened” through their problem solving. The program over all is designed to be a hands-on experience for experiential learning.


Ruffing Montessori School   |   3380 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118   |   Phone: (216) 321-7571   |   Hours 8am-4pm M-F   |   After Hours Phone (216) 321-0913