Welcome back!!! We hope that you all had an exciting summer and are ready for another fantastic school year. The Meet-the-Masters Crew – Andrea Miller, Dana Rothman and Adam Wheeler – are looking forward to continuing this wonderful program of vibrant art and art history again this year. The students will be learning about another varied group of artists, as well as producing art in their own styles. Following are the artists we will cover this year:
Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne’s often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. The paintings convey Cézanne’s intense study of his subjects.
Joan Miró i Ferrà (1893–1983) was a Catalan Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.
Winslow Homer (1836–1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.
Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (1887–1986) was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
The Meet The Masters program would not be possible without the collaboration of our great parent volunteers, Lowell faculty, and our MTM representative, Pat Archbold. Here are the steps each lesson plan follows:
1. Pat Archbold leads students through an artist introduction in our school auditorium using slide presentations, prints, props, and music. Sessions last 20-45 minutes depending on grade level. The parent volunteers attend the 5th grade assembly (*see schedule below*).
2. Following the 5th grade assembly, Pat Archbold then teaches a one-hour parent volunteer/faculty art project lesson at 3:30 p.m. in the school library.
3. Next, based on the in-classroom art lesson dates/times Lowell teachers have scheduled, parent volunteers/faculty generate the 90-minute, hands-on art project with students. In-classroom lesson schedules are posted in the school workroom and on each grade-level work basket. Each grade shares a work basket with art supplies that rotates through the classrooms beginning with the earliest lesson date. Lessons are completed within two weeks following the assembly/training sessions.
You MUST be a VIP in order to participate in this program. If you are a new parent, make sure you get your VIP paperwork into the office as soon as possible. You will not be able to teach or assist in a lesson until you have your badge.
Please mark your calendar now if you are interested in becoming an MTM parent volunteer. A Meet The Masters volunteer sign-up sheet will be available in each classroom during “Back to School Night”.
Meet The Masters assembly/training dates and times are as follows:
Paul Cezanne – October 6th
Joan Miro – December 1st
Winslow Homer – January 26th
Georgia O’Keeffe – March 16th
Paul Gauguin – May 11th
Be on the lookout for Meet The Masters program updates each month in future Lowell Log issues as well as via Room Rep e-mail blasts.
Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic participation. It’s going to be a fabulous and creative year of artwork and art history. We are looking forward to seeing you all on October 6th!
In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact Andrea Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org