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What is Art Masterpiece?

Art Masterpiece is a national enrichment program where volunteers use reproductions of fine works of art to promote art literacy in children. Art is an integral part of life and the Art Masterpiece Program is a chance to stimulate the students' thought, perception and imagination. In the end, students attain a greater awareness of the world around them. Volunteers called "Art Guides" bring prints to the classroom and present a lesson and art activity planned for a particular grade level.


Is art education really important?
Yes! Here are some of the ways art benefits and enriches our students' lives:
  • Art teaches self-discipline and enhances motor skills
  • Art promotes cognitive & creative thinking
  • Art teaches problem-solving skills
  • Art strengthens self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Art provides a means of self-expression and promotes appreciation for the individuality of others
  • Art improves overall academic performance

I would like to be a guide ... but I don't know much about art. Is that a problem?

Art Guides do not have to be former art majors, teachers, or even well-versed in art. Qualities such as reliability and enthusiasm are more important in our Art Guides than artistic ability.  Art Masterpiece is one of the few volunteer programs were you can teach in your child's classroom. Because of this, Art Guides need a sense of commitment and must be willing to devote a small portion of their time each month. In return, they receive gratification for bringing Art Education to appreciative and interested students.

Is there training for Art Guides?

Training is provided before assignment to a classroom. Training classes will be held at local schools with additional sessions throughout the year. We also provide opportunities for volunteers to observe a class before they commit to a specific classroom.

For more information, contact your neighborhood CUSD Elementary School or contact us directly, Dana Melcher or Julie Smith. As District Art Masterpiece Coordinators, we support individual schools and their volunteer pool. We also provide ongoing development and training for K-6 classes, as well as provide lessons and project ideas as needed.

What are the lessons like?

Art Masterpiece lessons and supplies are provided for volunteers and taught on a monthly basis, with a total of six lessons per year. They last an hour, with most of that hour dedicated to a hands-on art activity related directly to the artist or art style studied that month.  The purpose of our program is to increase awareness and appreciation of art. This is done by introducing various elements of art and principles of design in fun ways the children can easily grasp.

Sample Kinder-6th Grade Curriculum
Lascaux Cave Art
Artist: Unknown
Artwork: Lascaux Cave Art
Art Vocabulary: Texture, Line
 Cave Art 1
 Cave Art 2
First Grade
Thiebaud Ice Cream
Artist: Wayne Thiebaud
Artwork: Ice Cream Cones
Art Vocabulary: Shape, Texture
 Thiebaud 1

Second Grade
Van Gogh Starry Night
Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Artwork: Starry Night
Art Vocabulary: Movement, Contrasting Color
 Starry Night 1

Third Grade
Victor Vasarely
Artist: Victor Vasarely
Art Vocabulary: Op Art
 Vasarely 1
 Vasarely 2
 Vasarely 3

Fourth Grade
Philip Dike
Artist: Philip Dike
Artwork: Copper, 1936
Art Vocabulary: Repouse
 Dike Copper

Fifth Grade
Dale Chihuly Flowers
Artist: Dale Chihuly
Artwork: Blown Glass Flowers
Art Vocabulary: Organic Shape
 Chihuly 1
 Chihuly 2

Sixth Grade
Artist: Tao Chi
Artwork: Bamboo in Wind and Rain
Art Vocabulary: Ink and brush
 Bamboo 1
 Bamboo 2
For more information regarding Art Masterpiece, please email Dana Melcher or Julie Smith.