However, we cannot dismiss the value of old fashion, traditional, low-tech art projects. The art and science of design and creation has to start somewhere. Usually, that somewhere does not involve a screen, keys, codes, or anything other than a child's imagination, paper, glue, and scissors.
Enter Meet the Masters.
Meet the Masters is an art education program in my school district. Every K-5 teacher has the opportunity to invite a Meet the Masters instructor into the classroom for a two-part lesson each school year. My class was fortunate to have a skilled art volunteer, Mrs. Ananya Das, join us in the classroom on two consecutive Thursdays for an hour each time. Mrs. Das taught us about Henri Matisse, his life, his work, and his legacy. Not only were my students hanging on her every word and oohing and awing over Matisse's work, but also they had the opportunity to create a Matisse inspired design themselves. I'll let the art speak for itself!
|Students learning about Mattisse's works|
|Mrs. Das outlining the project guidelines|
|Students are set free to create!|
|A work in progress|
|One student proud of his finished piece|
|Student created Matisse inspired designs are now |
displayed in the classroom!
Thank you to Mrs. Das and Meet the Masters!