Meet the Masters and The Common Core
The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.
The Common Core is about reading, writing and speaking across the curriculum. It is naturally aligned with art because art is about communication and how to better express oneself through creative avenues.
The Common Core standards are not a one-size-fits-all, but allow for flexible instruction. Meet the Masters provides four levels of instruction with guidelines, but is flexible so the teacher can select the level of instruction appropriate for her students.
The Common Core concepts build in complexity each year. Meet the Masters provides four levels of instruction to go deeper into the study of each artist as the child advances through the grades.
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. Meet the Masters provides scripts and detailed lesson plans so teaching is consistent and expectations are realized.
A focus on developing critical-thinking, analytical and communication skills
1. Critical thinking –Meet the Masters encourages students to think about why an artist chose a particular subject matter, medium or style. What made this choice revolutionary?
2. Analyze and communicate meaning – During the Meet the Masters assembly, students observe and analyze the master artist’s work and develop an interpretation of the meaning, then communicate their thoughts to others with an active discussion, sharing ideas and listening to others.
Step-by-step process of the Common Core: Learning, Practice and Projects
1. Learning – With Meet the Masters, the study of each artist begins with the assembly, a multi-media presentation where students learn about the fascinating lives, background and culture of the artist and the world he lived in.
2. Practice – The second component of Meet the Masters includes worksheets, which reinforce the assembly material. Students practice the techniques that made the art unique.
3. Project – In the final step of Meet the Masters, students create their own masterpiece in the same medium, style or subject matter as the master artist.
Meet the Masters Integration with other Disciplines
History: Homer, Picasso, Mondrian, Remington, Miro, Lawrence, Chagall, Ringgold, Rockwell, Michelangelo, Kahlo, Da Vinci and Bonheur.
Literature: Cassatt, Homer, and Ringgold.
Geography: Cassatt, Rembrandt, Chagall, Remington, Hokusai, Ringgold, Gauguin, Cezanne, Seurat, Hopper, Martinez, O’Keeffe, Mondrian and Kahlo.
Music: Klee, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Da Vinci, Cassatt, Degas, Picasso and Renoir.
Science: Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Bonheur, Calder, Seurat, Martinez, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Wood, Matisse and Klee.
Math / Geometry: Rockwell, Picasso, Calder, O’Keeffe, Degas, Picasso, Rockwell, Escher, Cezanne and Mondrian.
Reading: All 35 artists.
Performing Arts: Matisse, Cassatt, Warhol, Lawrence, Klee, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas.
Writing: Rockwell and Ringgold.
Visual and Performing Arts Framework for the State of California:
Key Content Standards Integration with Meet the Masters Visual Arts Curriculum
|Grade Level||Key Standard||Meet The Masters Alignment|
|Kindergarten||1.3 Artistic Perception||All 20 Units|
|Kindergarten||4.2 Aesthetic Valuing||All 20 Units|
|1st Grade||2.1 Creative Expression||Van Gogh, Klee, Seurat, Klimt, Hopper, Bonheur, Kahlo, Martinez, Monet, Michelangelo, Wood|
|1st Grade||3.2 Historical & Cultural Context||All 35 Units|
|2nd Grade||1.3 Artistic Perception||All 35 Units|
|2nd Grade||3.2 Historical & Cultural Context||All 35 Units|
|2nd Grade||4.3 Aesthetic Valuing||All 35 Units|
|3rd Grade||1.3 Artistic Perception||Remington, Lawrence, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Homer, Rousseau, Degas, Renoir, Hopper. Cezanne, Seurat, Rembrandt, Wood|
|3rd Grade||1.4 Artistic Perception||Homer, Degas, Michelangelo, Ringgold, Hokusai, Cassatt, Warhol, Da Vinci|
|3rd Grade||3.2 Historical & Cultural Context||No CA Artists/History|
|4th Grade||2.5 Creative Expression||Toulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Degas, Bonheur|
|4th Grade||2.6 Creative Expression||Lawrence, Ringgold, Klimt, Escher, Matisse|
|4th Grade||3.2 Historical & Cultural Context||Warhol|
|4th Grade||4.2 Aesthetic Valuing||Kahlo, Seurat, Picasso, Lawrence, Cassatt, Chagall, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Warhol, Wood|
|5th Grade||1.1 Artistic Perception||Renoir, Mondrian, Calder, Warhol, Martinez, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Escher, Rockwell, Miro, Degas, Kahlo, Hokusai, Wood|
|5th Grade||2.3 Creative Expression||Technology Requirements Not Available|
|5th Grade||2.6 Creative Expression||Seurat, Degas, Remington, Van Gogh, Homer, Rembrandt, Lawrence, da Vinci, Monet, Rousseau, Kahlo|
|5th Grade||3.3 Historical & Cultural Context||Remington, O’Keeffe, Homer, Lawrence, Ringgold, Warhol, Hopper, Martinez, Cassatt, Wood|
|5th Grade||4.4 Aesthetic Valuing||All 35 Units|
|6th Grade||1.4 Artistic Perception||Mondrian, Degas, Martinez, Calder, Bonheur|
|6th Grade||2.4 Creative Expression||All 35 Units|
|6th Grade||2.5 Creative Expression||All 35 Units|
|6th Grade||3.1 Historical & Cultural Context||Print/ Electronic Research Involved|
|6th Grade||4.4 Aesthetic Valuing||Time Restraint|