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

February 7, 2017

Art Lesson Plans for Elementary School Teachers Focused on History, Standards & Inspiration

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

Meet the Masters has been providing K-8 art curriculum for over 30 years.  The lessons are timed, scripted and can be implemented by classroom teachers or parent volunteers.  Training DVDs and art supplies can be added to the purchase of artist units to ensure success at your school.

Here are the artists that make up each track:

 

Each track includes an implementation guide with step-by-step instructions, PowerPoint slides, visual aids, art prints, game props and vocabulary words. We recommend purchasing complete tracks for consistency and allowing students to learn from a multitude of different artists throughout the year. All levels of instruction (Beg, Int and Adv) are included with unit or track purchases.

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November 15, 2014

A Sneak Peek at Winslow Homer Art Curriculum – “Beware of snakes and mice.”


Winslow Homer was an American artist who lived on the East Coast in the late 1800’s. He valued his privacy, and found that the warning sign, “Beware of snakes and mice,” posted on his studio door helped keep tourists and snoopers at bay.

Meet the Masters students learn how Homer fooled his own father, who planned to visit his studio. Homer posted a sign on the door that said “Coal Bin” so his father did not even knock! Now students are interested in this American artist and ready to learn more about what made him so famous.

Step 1: Introducing the Master
The Meet the Masters lesson begins with a multi-media assembly using PowerPoint slides to learn about Winslow Homer’s life. He began his artistic life as an Illustrator for newspapers. Students learn how illustrations were used in newspapers before the invention of the camera. Homer sketched historical events of his time, like Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Inauguration. He also illustrated the Civil War, sketching scenes while watching them happen. Then he started the time-consuming process of drawing and whittling the sketch on a block of wood. The wood was inked and pressed onto paper, resulting in a Woodblock Print. Students examine a slide of a close-up view to see the hundreds of lines Homer drew on his block of wood.

As the slide show continues, students view exciting ocean and shipwreck paintings to see examples of Homer’s use of color to create a Focal Point. They also discover his use of Contrast by placing light against dark, and Value to define form and create spatial illusions. You can see how MTM introduces and illustrates vocabulary in a meaningful and memorable way.

Step 2: Learning From the Master
Back in the classroom, children learn how to create their own color value from this master artist. They are reminded that value is the use of light and dark in art, the scale of one color as it transforms from lightest to darkest. On their worksheets, beginner students use one crayon to color sailboats, some dark and some light, leaving some areas white. Advanced students are reminded of Homer’s use of lines on his woodblock prints. He made black by drawing lines very close together and lighter hues by using fewer lines. Students create their own value scale using lines. Then they show contrast on a beach scene by putting different values next to each other. Now students are ready for the real fun.

Step 3: Working With the Master
Beginner and Intermediate students receive gray, black and white construction paper, and white and black oil pastels. How can they create a beautiful ocean sailboat scene with just black and white? Using Homer’s values! Students begin by creating a gray sky and black ocean. Using the white oil pastel crayon, they fill the black ocean below the Horizon Line with a big value chart. Is that the setting sun or the rising moon reflecting off the ocean? Students select dawn or dusk by how much white they apply in their contrast. Using the three colors of construction paper, they cut out a sailboat and sails, then tear and crumble shapes for rocks. Students have made their “oceans of value” look realistic by creating depth, distance, shadows and highlights following Homer’s examples of value.

Advanced students create a beautiful Homer-style beach scene using only value. They place tracing paper over a laminated drawing of a girl on the beach. With a soft-lead pencil, they use the side of the lead to make a value scale. Students concentrate on making values from lines. Beginning lightly, they work towards the darker values. As a finishing touch, a few of the lines are traced to show edges and preserve realism. They are surprised to create a beautiful outdoor scene using only the side of a pencil and Homer’s values. What a memorable way to relive turn-of-the-century Americana and learn about Homer’s superb mastery of value.

When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway. -Winslow Homer

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November 15, 2016

Art Curriculum That Will Blow Your Creative Mind – Not Your PTO/School Budget

Rembrandt masterpieces from 2nd & 3rd graders.

Rembrandt masterpieces from 2nd & 3rd graders.

Meet the Masters offers 35 different artists to elementary school students.  Lessons are historically-based, align with state standards and can be easily implemented by either teachers or volunteers.  Most schools purchase a track of artists (7 artists) and supplies for less than $2600.  That price will give you enough supplies to make 750 art projects for each of the 7 artists, plus, you will own the curriculum forever at your school.

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Sneak Peek at Mary Cassatt Art Curriculum

Mary Hanging

Mary Hanging

“I would almost rather see you dead.”

Such was the reaction of Mary Cassatt’s father when she nervously told him she wanted to become a professional artist. Was she successful? Meet the Masters students will discover the answer.

Step 1: Introducing the Master

In the multi-media assembly, Meet the Masters students learn that Mary Cassatt was born to a wealthy family in Pennsylvania. Despite her father’s reaction to her chosen vocation, she moved to Europe to further her art studies and career. A trailblazer, when Mary discovered the top art school in Paris would not accept female students, she hired their best teachers to give classes for women only. In just two years, Mary had her first painting accepted in the prestigious art show, the Paris Salon.

Using PowerPoint slides, the students are introduced to Cassatt’s first work to be accepted for exhibition at the famous art show. It was very dark, in the style of the old masters at the time. When Cassatt became friends with a new group of young artists, her art changed in an exciting way. These artists painted in short dabs and dashes, and liked to paint outdoor scenes because they wanted to show color and light. Thought she never liked the term, Mary Cassatt had discovered Impressionism.

Students examine several of Cassatt’s paintings, analyzing the composition and learning that the placement or arrangement of visual elements directs the viewer’s eye movement through the painting. They learn to identify the “line of composition” as they trace how their eyes walk through each painting, directed by Cassatt’s careful use of color, contrast, overlapping subjects and framing. The students finish with a “Pass the Hat” game, correctly answering questions about the artist to find the “Art Smart” winners.

Step 2: Learning From the Master

Now it’s time for the students to practice the techniques that made Cassatt’s art revolutionary. Students consider different types of patterns and explore options for their art project. They learn how drawing just two dots on their page can turn into the silhouette of a lovely hat. Intermediate and advanced students study facial features and learn how to lightly sketch guidelines so they can recreate Cassatt’s beautiful portraits.

Mary Cassatt - Impressionism

Mary Cassatt – Impressionism

Step 3: Working With the Master

Mary Cassatt enjoyed depicting the comfortable bond between mothers and children in relaxing home settings. She was also fond of painting young girls and women in elaborate hats and bonnets. Meet the Masters students begin to create their own Cassatt hat by carefully placing their two dots and drawing the outline. Students practice several types of strokes with their oil pastels, working to produce different effects. They use their practiced strokes to create a plaid, geometric or floral pattern. Their final selections are interlaced on bright paper to achieve distinctive effects with their patterns. They have the option to decorate their completed hats with ribbons, feathers or flowers. Intermediate and advanced students add a facial profile or a front view to anchor and display their beautiful hat.

Mary Cassatt would be proud of the students’ lovely hats!  Learn more about this art project.

Mary Cassatt - Impressionism

Mary Cassatt – Impressionism


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