Art Masterpiece is a national art enrichment program that uses reproductions of fine works of art to promote art literacy in elementary school age children. It is entirely taught by volunteer "Art Guides" at each elementary school to present a lesson planned for each grade level. Lessons are taught on a monthly basis, six lessons per school year. They last one hour and include a "hands on" art activity. The purpose is not to teach specific art/craft techniques, but rather to increase the child's awareness of art. Elements of art and principles of design are introduced in fun ways that the children can easily grasp. The volunteer Art Guides do not have to have a background in art and training is provided.