Welcome to Patterson Art Masterpiece!
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 based solely upon volunteers, as there is currently no funding for art education in our schools. The purpose is not to teach specific art/craft techniques, but rather to increase the child's awareness of art.
Why is art education important? Studies prove that art enhances a child’s overall education. Art encourages cognitive, analytical and creative thinking skills. It strengthens physical coordination and develops self-discipline. As children increase their awareness of art, they are more able to recognize, interpret and value the art they encounter in their everyday world.
Our Volunteers commit to a short training meeting at the beginning of the school year to go over the program and how to teach the lessons. Lessons are taught by Volunteer Art Guides on a monthly basis, six per school year. Normally each class will have around 2-3 other Art Guides present for each lesson to help out when needed. During the one-hour Art Masterpiece session, students will learn about a carefully selected artist, their contribution to the art world; study a specific piece of artwork by that artist and then create their own artwork based on the principles they have learned.
The volunteer Art Guides DO NOT have to have a background in art or have any type of art experience. Grade level tubs are located in our workroom and are filled with appropriate articles and supplies that are needed and coincide with the lesson being taught. Our Art Masterpiece program has had great success over the years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers that help to make this program run smoothly.
Come join your child in their classroom with this amazing program at Patterson.
We are always looking for new volunteers and appreciate our veteran volunteers as well.