Meet the Masters is a volunteer Art History and Art Appreciation program intended to acquaint children with the world of art. Meet the Masters seeks to cultivate a sustained awareness and interest in art by exposing children to selected artwork.
Meet the Masters is organized and presented by parent volunteers who have an interest and enthusiasm for bringing fine arts to students. The Broward County Public School Board has authorized this program.
For years, the community worked with principals and teachers on plans and ideas to bring additional art programs into Broward County Schools. These programs have had a common goal- to enrich and add to the existing art programs. Many educators, interested community leaders and parents believe that a strong need still existed for more art appreciation programs in our schools, especially at the elementary level. Today this is more evident than ever!
Students need many experiences interacting with works of art produced by masters from the past as well as the present. Art appreciation is viewed as an important and integral part of the art program in Florida and Broward County. At the high school level art appreciation is integrated into all art courses. At the middle school level art appreciation is an integral part of the scope and sequence and is reflected in the course title – Arts and Crafts/ Art Appreciation, 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. At the elementary level, art appreciation has been addressed at the district level in the Meet the Masters Program.
School districts nationally have found that an art appreciation program with volunteers presenting the language and concept of art in elementary classrooms to be a valuable adjunct to the art curriculum offered.
The goal of the Meet the Masters program is to present an art appreciation program to elementary school children by volunteers associated with participating schools. Art is an essential part of the curriculum for all students. The Meet the Masters volunteers will introduce selected artists and their paintings. These presentations also help children to develop an appreciation and understanding of social and historical influences on art.
Specifically, Meet the Masters is designed:
- To develop in children an appreciation of art by helping them learn to look at various kinds of artwork.
- To acquaint students with well-known artists and their works. Specific periods or styles of art are featured so children may gain knowledge of man’s visual heritage.
- To value art as an important real and human experience.
- To develop personal creativity in the children.
- To provide community-conscious volunteers with means of improving the quality of life for themselves, their families, and their community in general.
- To help build art audiences and patrons of the future- as an integral part of our culture.