Meet The Masters
Meet The Masters is a parent-funded and taught art program that we introduced to our students during the 2010/2011 school year. The Meet the Masters program provides our students with lessons in which they learn about the artist they are studying for the month. They also participate in an art activity in which they get to explore their creativity and talent in the area of art.
The program is built around three components:
1. Assemblies and in-class presentations: Introducing the Masters:
Students attend an assembly which begins with a multi-media (slides, artist voices, music etc.) presentation where the children learn about the fascinating lives and famous works of the master artists. Questions and multi-media content keep the students’ engaged while walking through a virtual museum filled with interesting stories and facts about each artist.
2. Teachers Workshop: Learning from the Masters:
Now that the children have a true connection to the artist, it is time to introduce the techniques which made the art revolutionary. At the end of the day the teachers participate in a workshop in which they learn the techniques to paint in the style of the artist who has been chosen for that month. They create a sample of work that they take back to their classroom to share with the students.
3. Art Projects: Working with the Masters:
The teachers, after learning the techniques of the Master Artist, will transform the classroom into an art studio where they will lead their future artists on a step-by-step journey through the art project. The students will discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities.
Some of the master artists our student will learn about during the school year include Juan Miro, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rosa Bonheur, Jacob Lawrence, and Paul Gauguin….and many more
Research shows that the arts help children build both basic and advanced thinking skills, and instruct children in diverse modes of thinking and learning. The knowledge and skills that students develop in learning to respond to, perform and create works of arts constitute a fundamental form of literacy students must have if they are to communicate successfully and function in today’s new media and information society.
A quality arts education can help students develop the four C’s:
- Cognition: The arts expand our knowledge and contribute to intellectual comprehension. Studies have shown that the arts teach children how to think critically, solve problems, analyze and synthesize information, evaluate and make decisions.
- Culture: The arts help us understand people and the traditions and symbols that have meaning for them. The arts are international and transcend the limits of different languages, and help to bridge the gaps in a diverse and complicated world.
- Communication: the arts help us send and receive messages in a variety of media that are their own form of literacy. The arts use sights, sounds, and movement to convey meaning beyond the power of words. Arts education develops the ability to interpret and understand complex symbols in the same manner as language and mathematics.
- Creativity: the arts teach the skills associated with imagination, invention and innovation-skills. Creativity learned through the arts is linked to the processes of scientific discovery, planning and negotiation.
Because an arts education develops a diverse range of cognitive abilities, it helps teachers promote achievement across disciplines, as well as in an arts discipline, fostering the development of spatial, mathematical, logical and physical abilities. The arts also involve students in the process of their learning, demanding reflection and active participation. The arts enable students to collaborate toward a common purpose and they connect cultures and curricular disciplines. And yes, the arts are a pleasure, but they also foster creative thinking in the complex world in which we live (http://www.meetthemasters.com/).