Meet the Masters

Thank you to Cordillera's PTA who provides our students with the funding and volunteers for the Meet the Masters art program! In Meet the Masters students will learn about the life and work of a particular artist such as Picasso or Monet. Students are then given the opportunity to create their own art piece in the style of that artist. Meet the Masters comes to Cordillera five times each school year.

Step 1: Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)
The Meet the Masters experience begins with a multi-media assembly using engaging PowerPoint slides, artist voices and music where the children learn about the fascinating lives and famous works of the Master Artists.  Interactive questions and multi-media content will captivate the students while walking through a virtual museum filled with interesting stories and facts. An art background is not necessary because all lesson plans are scripted, illustrated and timed. The art vocabulary, artist name cards, art elements, props and visuals are all included and organized—nothing to research or gather.


Step 2: Learning

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)
Now that the children have a true connection to the artist, it is time to introduce the techniques which made the art revolutionary. Back in the classroom, they will work on a mostly self-guided technique packet which will be the pencil-on-paper means for your student to learn from the Masters. The worksheets reinforce the material previously presented in Introducing the Masters, and further prepares them for success in the final step—the art project.


Step 3: Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)
After learning the inspiration and techniques of each Master the children are ready for the real fun. Your classroom will transform into an art studio as the well-equipped teacher leads the students on a step-by-step journey through the art project. Often in the same medium, style or subject matter as the Master, the students will discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities. Training DVDs can assist the teacher with step by step detailed instructions.

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Just a sample of a few of the artists Cordillera students experienced:

1. Claude Monet – ( Moe-Nay ) French 1840-1926

Monet earned the title, “Father of Impressionism” by leading innovative artists to break with tradition and see the world with a fresh eye where light and color reigned.  The techniques of Impressionism were discovered through viewing the masterpieces created by Monet.

2. Winslow Homer – ( Hoe-mer ) American 1836-1910

American Native School painter Winslow Homer showed us through his art what life in the United States was like in the late 1800’s.  His superb mastery of value ( light and dark ) produced beautiful works of art through woodblock prints, watercolors, and oil.

3.  Pablo Picasso – ( pee-Kah-soe ) Spanish 1881-1973

The genius of Picasso allowed a review of the art elements introduced this year – line, shape, color, value, balance, and texture.  The children investigated Picasso’s varied styles and were able to trace the transformation of this artist during his different periods of art.

4. Mary Cassat- ( Kuh-SAHT ) American  1844-1926

Mary Cassat was an American who traveled to France to study art.  It was quite an accomplishment for a woman, and an American at that, to exhibit with the famous Impressionists.  She beautifully painted portraits of women and children.

5. M.C. Escher ( ESH-er ) Dutch 1898-1972

The magical and mysterious world of M.C. Escher was opened to the children.  His tessellations and optical illusions invited and challenged their imaginations and creativity.  They created their own tessellation and added simple details to make it come alive.