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San Clemente Times – Art Education Company Adapts to Changing Times
Meet the Masters has come a long way. Recognizing a lack of art in her children’s schools, Steele volunteered to start a roving art program that later became her business. Today, Meet the Masters travels from school to school, as near as San Clemente and as far as China, to teach kids the importance of art.
“It really is the only opportunity children have to learn about master artists and do something other than crafts. Cut out the turkey and paint the pumpkin is about all the time the teachers have,” Steele said. “If you’re going to be introduced to the cultural background, it’s so important for the students to have that, and they don’t really get it anywhere else.” Read more.
The Daily Pilot - Pomona Elementary students create their own ‘Starry Night’
First-grader Oscar Solis stood onstage dressed up as Vincent van Gogh in an oversized brown blazer and ginger beard. He held a paintbrush and palette. Then came the finishing touch for his head: a straw hat with three blue candles fixed on top.
“He liked to paint all night, and they didn’t have electricity back then,” said speaker Joan McMahan of Meet the Masters, an art education program that introduces students to artists.
Pomona Elementary School students from kindergarten up to sixth grade learned about the life, works and painting style of van Gogh during their first Meet the Masters assembly. McMahan will come back to the Costa Mesa school six more times this year to teach the students about Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Piet Mondrian and M.C. Escher. Read more.
Walnut Patch / AOL – Vejar Elementary Students Meet the Masters
Budding artists at Vejar Elementary School mimicked the works of Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell as part of the Meet the Master’s program.
They colored drawings of Campbell soup cans in a nod to Warhol. Others captured Hopper’s popular ocean theme in their works. Some designed their own versions of a Rockwell cover of “The Saturday Evening Post.” Read more.
North County Times – Rancho Elementary students meet Pablo Picasso
Thanks to an art program called Meet the Masters, put on largely by volunteers with support from the school and grant funding, students at Rancho Elementary are learning about famous artists and putting their art techniques into practice.
The Orange County-based Meet the Masters has introduced students to famed artists —- from painters to potters hailing from several counties —- such as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Maria Martinez, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso.
At Rancho Elementary, volunteer Elizabeth Harrigan, the mother of twin fifth-grade boys at the school, has led the program for the last two years, offering art instruction with the help of other parent volunteers. Read more.
Crown Valley PTA
The Crown Valley Elementary PTA is proud to provide the Meet the Masters Program to the Students of Crown Valley Elementary. Meet the Masters has a twenty-year history of providing interactive, multi-media art education to elementary school and homeschool students nationwide. As California’s leading art program, MTM has introduced Monet, van Gogh, and 40 other Master Artists to more than 2,000,000 Kindergarten thru 8th grade (and sometimes 12th grade) public, private, and homeschooled students.
Bonnie Steele began Meet the Masters as a volunteer project for her daughter’s sixth grade class at Del Lago School in Mission Viejo. Art education was suffering cut-backs, and Steele’s intense interest in art, along with her background as a credentialed teacher and exhibited artist, sparked the idea for Meet the Masters. While teaching her program Steele discovered that sixth grade was sometimes too late to reach children. By the age of 12 some students had already decided they either had creative talent or didn’t. She began to see the need to begin the program at an earlier age. Read more.
Meet the Masters art software program is an inexpensive way to bring art appreciation, history and techniques into the classroom no matter what the age of the students are. Read more.
You can encourage your little artists along the way with the “Van Gogh Victory Award”, the “Magnificent Monet Award”, the “Homer Honor Award”, the “Prized Picasso Award”, the “Creative Cassatt Award”, and the “Marvelous Mondrian Award”. What a self-esteem booster when they see their own masterpieces hung up for family attention! Read more.
The program recommends doing one artist unit a month so one binder will cover a year’s worth of art/art history. Binders are packaged by age groups: ages 5-7, ages 8-9, and ages 10-adult; however, don’t worry about going slightly beyond or beneath an age group. We used the ages 8-9 binder and my kids, both 11, were challenged and enjoyed the program. We give it a 5 out of 5-star rating! Read more.