Historical, Culturally Diverse, Standards-Based Art Lessons to Inspire Young Artists

Meet the Masters has over 30 years of experience providing interactive, multi-media art education to elementary school students worldwide.

Founder Bonnie Steele discusses the importance of art and why she created Meet the Masters:

Meet the Masters has over 30 years of history of providing interactive, multi-media art education to elementary school students worldwide.  As a leading art program, Meet the Masters has introduced 35 Master Artists to more than 3 million students that range from K-8 and beyond.

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Steele continues to enjoy teaching in the classroom. Here she is teaching Vincent van Gogh with the help of her grandson.

How it Started

In 1985, Bonnie Steele founded Meet the Masters as a volunteer project for her daughter’s sixth grade class at Del Lago School in Mission Viejo, CA.  Art education was suffering cut-backs, and Steele’s intense passion for art, along with her background as a credentialed teacher and exhibited artist, sparked the idea for Meet the Masters.

While teaching her program, Steele discovered that sixth grade was sometimes too late to reach children.  By the age of 12, many students had already decided they either had creative talent or they didn’t.  She began to see the need to begin the program at an earlier age and developed an entire curriculum made up of 35 master artists from around the world.

The program’s popularity spread quickly and today Meet the Masters employs over 45 employees that include many former credentialed teachers.  Meet the Masters has spread to every region of the United States, many countries and is implemented in over 1,000 schools.

We are just as excited today as we were 30 years ago and believe that every young artist should experience the masters of art.

“Mankind’s most enduring achievement is art. At its best, it reveals the nobility that coexists in human nature along with flaws and evils, and the beauty and truth it can perceive. Whether in music or architecture, literature, painting or sculpture, art opens our eyes and ears and feelings to something beyond ourselves, something we cannot experience without the artist’s vision and the genius of his craft.”

Barbara Tuchman, Pulitzer Prize winning historian