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

Meet the Masters and The Common Core

common_core_artThe 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.

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Visual and Performing Arts Framework for the State of California:

Key Content Standards Integration with Meet the Masters Visual Arts Curriculum

Grade LevelKey StandardMeet The Masters Alignment
Kindergarten1.3 Artistic PerceptionAll 20 Units
Kindergarten4.2 Aesthetic ValuingAll 20 Units
1st Grade2.1 Creative ExpressionVan Gogh, Klee, Seurat, Klimt, Hopper, Bonheur, Kahlo, Martinez, Monet, Michelangelo, Wood
1st Grade3.2 Historical & Cultural ContextAll 35 Units
2nd Grade1.3 Artistic PerceptionAll 35 Units
2nd Grade3.2 Historical & Cultural ContextAll 35 Units
2nd Grade4.3 Aesthetic ValuingAll 35 Units
3rd Grade1.3 Artistic PerceptionRemington, Lawrence, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Homer, Rousseau, Degas, Renoir, Hopper. Cezanne, Seurat, Rembrandt, Wood
3rd Grade1.4 Artistic PerceptionHomer, Degas, Michelangelo, Ringgold, Hokusai, Cassatt, Warhol, Da Vinci
3rd Grade3.2 Historical & Cultural ContextNo CA Artists/History
4th Grade2.5 Creative ExpressionToulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Degas, Bonheur
4th Grade2.6 Creative ExpressionLawrence, Ringgold, Klimt, Escher, Matisse
4th Grade3.2 Historical & Cultural ContextWarhol
4th Grade4.2 Aesthetic ValuingKahlo, Seurat, Picasso, Lawrence, Cassatt, Chagall, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Warhol, Wood
5th Grade1.1 Artistic PerceptionRenoir, Mondrian, Calder, Warhol, Martinez, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Escher, Rockwell, Miro, Degas, Kahlo, Hokusai, Wood
5th Grade2.3 Creative ExpressionTechnology Requirements Not Available
5th Grade2.6 Creative ExpressionSeurat, Degas, Remington, Van Gogh, Homer, Rembrandt, Lawrence, da Vinci, Monet, Rousseau, Kahlo
5th Grade3.3 Historical & Cultural ContextRemington, O’Keeffe, Homer, Lawrence, Ringgold, Warhol, Hopper, Martinez, Cassatt, Wood
5th Grade4.4 Aesthetic ValuingAll 35 Units
6th Grade1.4 Artistic PerceptionMondrian, Degas, Martinez, Calder, Bonheur
6th Grade2.4 Creative ExpressionAll 35 Units
6th Grade2.5 Creative ExpressionAll 35 Units
6th Grade3.1 Historical & Cultural ContextPrint/ Electronic Research Involved
6th Grade4.4 Aesthetic ValuingTime Restraint