- Teacher and designer of the Monart style of realistic drawing for children through adults.
-World renowned author of the best selling books: "Drawing With Children", "Drawing With Older Children and Teens", and, "EduArts Drawing Curriculum".
- Designer of project-based drawing curriculum for ages 4-Adult.
- Forty years experience as an art educator, with drawing programs in public and private schools.
- Thirty years experience conducting In Service training programs for teachers, internationally.
The Monart drawing method has been used successfully with thousands of art teachers and students all over the world.
The method blends the process of individual creativity and basic structured information to enable the student to succeed in realistic drawing skills. The projects focus on visual perception and eye-hand coordination while experiencing the fun of drawing.
The Monart method is effective for all students, and it is also known to help students with learning problems and attention span issues.
- Featured on "NBC Today Show".
- A coverage of the method on ABC'S "Good Morning America"
- Art exhibits of student work at the Smithsonian, and the National Children's Museum in Washington, D.C, as well as the Kennedy Center.
- National editorials in major newspapers, such as the Washington Post, LA times, Chicago Tribune, and the San Diego Sun.
- Magazine articles for parents and teachers in the Montessori National Magazine, Principal Magazine, and, Heinemann Press Home School Magazine.
- 1955 Chouinard Art Institute - 1958 Pepperdine College BA: Art and Psychology, - 1974 Northridge State CA: Graduate level art classes
Mona Brookes developed the Monart Method in 1979 with children in conjunction with phonetic reading programs for K-6th grade. She received a 3-year California Arts Council field study grant, which showed up to a 20% increase in reading scores with her students.
The Monart Method involves training students to perceive an “alphabet” of shape, which trains the eyes to break down an object into smaller parts. By learning to view the world through the five basic elements of shape, the student learns to draw the shape of any object.
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, and her academic-based curriculum stands apart from all other programs.