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Please contact the PTA if you would like to help with Meet the Masters

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Meet the Masters Art

Madison PTA is proud to sponsor the Meet the Masters program.

What exactly is Meet the Masters (MTM)?

Meet the Masters is an arts curriculum that exposes students to the works of like Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Bonheur, and Joan Miró. 

How is the program funded? 

MTM is fully funded by the PTA. PTA raises funds through a Spring and Fall fundraiser and other activities throughout the year. MTM is currently offered five times a year to our students.

How does Meet the Masters work?

Students attend an assembly lead by an MTM art instructor where they learn about the featured artist and his or her work. The MTM instructor then trains parent volunteers in how to carry out a specific art project linked to the featured artist. Parent volunteers then go into the classrooms and lead the students in a 30 to 45-minute art project.  

How can I become a parent volunteer?

No art experience required! No teaching experience required! Join us for the remaining MTM trainings this year, taking place on March 30 and May 18.

"Hats off" to our Madison Artists

Teachers and parent volunteers led students in their Meet the Master lesson on Mary Cassatt. The finish artwork adorns the hallways and classrooms of Madison. 

cassat collage

Mary Cassatt

cassatt bookMary Stevenson Cassatt (kuh-SAHT)
American 1844 – 1926

Mary Cassatt was an American who traveled to France to study art.  It was quite an accomplishment for a woman, and an American at that, to exhibit with the famous Impressionists.  She beautifully painted portraits of women and children.


All Levels – Pastel Strokes
Beginning Level:  Hats (cut and mounted pastel)
Int./Adv. Levels:  Portrait with hat (cut and mounted pastel)

MEDIA: Oil Pastel on Colored Paper

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Frederic Remington

Frederic Remington American (1861-1909)Remington book

The life and art of Frederic Remington was presented creatively to make art history come alive.  The children will investigate his realistic paintings that recorded the vanishing American “Old West.”  In their classroom art activities, realism will be emphasized in landscapes created with chalk on colored paper.

Art Concepts Taught: Detail   Realism – Western Landscapes

Beg. Level:  Drawing desert plants; Int./Adv. Levels:  Backgrounds, foregrounds, drawing desert plants

Remington’s Realism Colored chalk and paper:

Beg. Level:  Desert sky background with torn mountain silhouette, black crayon details
Int./Adv. Levels:  Desert plant from Learning Packet on chalk desert; black pencil details

Remington bronco SculptureRemington painting

Henri Matisse

matisse bookHenri Matisse
French (1869-1954)

Your students will discover the abstract art of French artist, Henri Matisse.  His bold use of color and shape in his paper cutouts expose the children to a new medium and style of art.  In their classrooms, the children create masterpiece cutouts of their own using a sea motif.

Art Concepts Taught: Shape, Color

Beg. Level:  Abstract sea shapes
Int./Adv. Levels:  Positive and negative shapes, abstract shapes, creating sea shapes for art activity

Matisse’s Abstract Shapes

All Levels:  Paper cutouts with sea life motif; drawing with scissors
Int./Adv. Levels:  Emphasizes positive and negative shapes

Meet the Master Program

One of our aims is to provide our students with a balanced program consisting of the core curriculum and the the arts. The arts portion of our program provides our students with lessons in which they learn about the artist they are studying for the month. They also participate in an art activity in which they get to explore their creativity and talent in the area of art.

Because an arts education develops a diverse range of cognitive abilities, it helps teachers promote achievement across disciplines, as well as in an arts discipline, fostering the development of spatial, mathematical, logical and physical abilities. The arts also involve students in the process of their learning, demanding reflection and active participation. The arts enable students to collaborate toward a common purpose and they connect cultures and curricular disciplines. And yes, the arts are a pleasure, but they also foster creative thinking in the complex world in which we live.

Arts develop the 4 C's:

A quality arts education can help students develop the four C's:

  • Cognition:  The arts expand our knowledge and contribute to intellectual comprehension.  Studies have shown that the arts teach children how to think critically, solve problems, analyze and synthesize information, evaluate and make decisions.

  • Culture:  The arts help us understand people and the traditions and symbols that have meaning for them.  The arts are international and transcend the limits of different languages, and help to bridge the gaps in a diverse and complicated world.

  • Communication:  the arts help us send and receive messages in a variety of media that are their own form of literacy.  The arts use sights, sounds, and movement to convey meaning beyond the power of words.  Arts education develops the ability to interpret and understand complex symbols in the same manner as language and mathematics.

  • Creativity:  the arts teach the skills associated with imagination, invention and innovation-skills.  Creativity learned through the arts is linked to the processes of scientific discovery, planning and negotiation.