•  About Art Masterpiece

                   Welcome to the Ryan Elementary Art Masterpiece Program!

    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. 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. During a one hour Art Masterpiece session, students will learn about a particular artist, their style of art, explore a particular piece of artwork by that artist and then create their own artwork based on the principles they have learned.

    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.

    The Ryan program is supported solely by volunteers. Our Volunteers conduct 7 one hour sessions over the course of the school year –six sessions focused on specific artists and one session where our student artists create their own “Art Masterpiece”. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase gifts adorned with their child’s artwork as part of our annual fundraiser to pay for Art Masterpiece supplies.

    The program also accepts cash donations of any amount. Donations can be directed towards the purchase of an art masterpiece prints to support our artist discussions or towards our general supplies fund.

    For more information about the program, becoming a volunteer or donating to our program, contact: 

     

    Kristin Elam - natkriselam@yahoo.com

    Neelam LaBrue -  neeandliam@yahoo.com