Have you “Met the Masters?”
Recently I had the opportunity to try out a kit from “Meet the Masters,” a company I discovered and wanted to learn more about! If you have not visited their site, it’s worth a look! A neat company with a neat product just for art educators. After finding Meet the Masters, I was sad I hadn’t found this sooner. It would have been PERFECT when our district was going under curriculum review to help the teachers with materials for some of our most taught artists. Lets learn more-
Meet the Master’s offers a curriculum for educators featuring master artists! The cool thing about this curriculum is you can buy a comprehensive program or just a particular artist. I chose to get Rembrandt, mainly because I didn’t know much about him and had never used Rembrandt in a lesson with kiddos before. More on this later…
Here is a sample of what you might receive when you get a an artist kit:
Here are some things I liked about the kit and format of Meet the Masters:
1. The work was done for you- a powerpoint, research on the artist, the visual to share, and lesson details with handouts included! WOW!
2. Saves you Time- How much time would have I spent to get all of the research and to make the power point of an artist? I a lot! This puts it all in front of you and divides up the lessons into levels for younger and older kids. If you get one kit, you have lessons for multiple grade levels regarding that artist.
3. Rich Information – I was amazed at how much history was incorporated into these lessons. When I share facts about artists with my youngest students, I often pare down what I tell them. The information I got on Rembrandt was rich and deep. I learned so much, but it was still very transferable to young students. It made me realize that I need to up the level and information that I share with students regarding art history.
I plan to use my Rembrandt lesson, which focused on value, shading and light, with my 4th or 5th graders this year when we study the value scale. The kit even came with a flashlight and a large poster to help flawlessly teach the lesson with no hiccups or running out to the store to spend your own money!
I also think these handouts, which were included in a large binder will be very helpful in teaching and reviewing value concepts with my students.
And because I really couldn’t wait to try this out, I invited some of the neighbor girls over to try out some of the techniques. They didn’t have time to finish, but the lesson was engaging and fun. We did the art critique portion together using the power point, which prompted some really great art conversation. I can’t wait to use this kit in the upcoming school year! You can adjust the projects to your own needs, so each student can add their own creativity and not all look the same. This is what I plan to do.
What curriculum resources really save your life?
Has anyone ever heard of or used Meet the Masters?