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

A Year of Meet the Masters Culminates in Family Arts Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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,

Sneak Peek of Henri Matisse Art Program

Henri Matisse – Abstract Sea Life Compositions Pretend you are in a submarine diving deeper and deeper into the ocean. Bubbles rush up as the water gets deeper and darker. Shapes and colors emerge as you peer out your porthole. Fish, eels and seaweed become visible in the murky water.

How Meet the Masters Helps Schools Find Wonderful Art Volunteers

The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others. Yes, it’s easy to find inspiration quotes about volunteering. Certainly, filling volunteer openings is more challenging. Meet the Masters art education program is designed for success, and that includes help with recruiting and training volunteers to teach and

Sneak Peek at M. C. Escher Art Curriculum

M. C. Eshcer Education experts talk about the benefits of art education and how it increases students’ performance across disciplines, expanding language development, strengthening critical thinking skills and more. M. C. Escher provides a good example of how art education benefits students in other subjects. Meet the Masters students learn