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

Sneak Peek at Michelangelo Art Curriculum

Jun 17
Meet the Masters art education program includes 35 artists selected for their significance in history, their representation of major periods in art and their various art elements to be explored. Studying these artists provides an avenue to make cross connections with other elementary subjects. Studying Michelangelo Buonarroti teaches elementary students

STEAM Festival Shows Off Meet the Masters

Jun 12
Everyone was so happy to see me. As I was setting up my table, I was constantly interrupted by people stopping by to greet me and say thank you. The festival would not start for two more hours, so I was surprised by the early and heart-warming reception. The occasion

Sneak Peek at Mondrian Art Curriculum

Jun 06
“Have you ever played on a teeter-totter?” Students are asked that question during Meet the Masters “Introducing the Master” for the artist Piet Mondrian. They remember the importance of keeping the two ends balanced to experience the fun of going up and down. If one friend is bigger than the

A Year of Meet the Masters Culminates in Family Arts Night

May 29
As a celebration of a year’s worth of Meet the Masters art instruction from T-K (transitional kindergarten) through 5th grade, Village Elementary School in Coronado, CA held their very own Family Arts Night artwalk to showcase the diverse, individual creations. Says Cyndi Furhmann, the Visual and Performing Arts teacher, “Art

Diversity & Culture Through Art – World Diversity Day is May 21

May 15
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.  — Maya Angelou May 21 is designated by the UN as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. What better way to begin a dialogue about diversity than through teaching about art from multiple

Teaching Tessellation: M.C. Escher

Apr 20
Do you know what a Tessellation is? In verb form, to tessellate is to arrange shapes closely fitted together in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping. You’ve most likely seem some amazing examples of tessellation in the works of artist M.C. Escher. Recently one of our Meet the Masters

Student Story Quilt Art Inspired by Faith Ringgold

Apr 13
A multi-media presentation introduced Meet the Masters students to artist Faith Ringgold. Through music and a slide show, the students learned about Faith’s childhood in Harlem, her time as a fashion model for her mother’s designs and her path through college to becoming an artist and an art teacher. They

Sneak Peek at Picasso Art Curriculum

Apr 10
Every child is an artist.   -Pablo Picasso As a child, Pablo Picasso could draw before he could write, or even talk! At age 15, he won the gold medal in the most prestigious art competition in Spain. Fortunately, today’s students have Meet the Masters to learn about Picasso and

3rd Graders Meet Joan Miró

Jan 23
Spanish painter Joan (pronounced Juan) Miró (1893-1983) was a painter who third graders could relate to; unlike some artists, whose works were picture perfect and realistic, Miró thrived on imperfection, actually preferring to start each artistic endeavor with a mistake. When a blob of paint would accidentally make its way on to

5th Graders Meet Henri Rousseau

Nov 17
 When a classroom full of fifth graders learned they would be studying the French artist Henri Rousseau, none of them had ever heard of him before. As the first half of the Meet the Masters lesson was presented by two parent volunteers, students learned that the post-impressionist artist Rousseau,