Master-pieces Art Experience was a 6 session summer art course for grade school children that I just finished teaching last week. There are at least a few philosophies that went into the approach of instruction in these sessions. First, and foremost, we are all creative beings and the visual arts (or any other art forms) are an expression of who we are.
Secondly, great historical artists studied great artist historical artists. Every single artist that we studied in our sessions studied other artists.
Third, within a great work of art, other works of art can often be found. For example, in our sessions, instead of copying an entire work of art we recreated a section of a masterpiece. Through this process we were able to make a new work of art from the larger piece.
The lowest grade taught was 2nd grade and the highest was 6th. A couple of adults even sat in a few times. It was a lot of fun and I hope to possibly teach Master-pieces again next summer.
The examples of artist that we studied were (looking at the pics from left to right): M.C. Escher, Picasso, Degas, Kandinsky, van Gogh, and Monet. (Click on pics for larger image)
Color pencil, watercolors, and oil pastels were used in the sessions.
We are having an art reception tonight to celebrate the efforts of the students.