The Art Masterpiece Program is a way to bring works of art that cannot leave museums or public sites into the classroom. The program uses reproduction sets featuring works of art chosen around a theme of particular interest to children in the Elementary School.
What’s the Art Masterpiece Program?
The Art Masterpiece Program is a way to bring works of art that cannot leave museums or public sites into the classroom. The program uses reproduction sets featuring works of art chosen around a theme of particular interest to children from Elementary School to Middle School. The selected objects also represent different times, cultures, and media.
The Program, supported by the ASH PTO, is run entirely by volunteers from the school community. These Art Guides helps foster an appreciation of art through classroom discussions that are grounded in the works of art but also flow from the experiences of the students themselves. Students, teachers, and parents alike learn not only how to look at art but also about core visual concepts AND have a lot of fun in the process. The ultimate goal is to encourage children of all ages to contribute and to demonstrate how beautifully open-ended art works are.
Who are the Guides & how does it work?
The Art Guides are parent volunteers who present the reproductions in the classrooms. They are the vital link between the work of art and the students. Before they visit the classroom, the guides attend a training workshop at ASH. At the training they listen to a talk on the work of art, receive printed background material, discuss ideas for related classroom activities and hands-on art exercises, and share presentation tips with the other guides. Knowledgeable about the work of art, the guide facilitates a classroom discussion with thoughtful, open-ended questions rather than acting as the “expert” and lecturing about the artwork.
The Art Guides prepare their individual presentations, activities, and materials for each session, which can be done in consultation with the classroom teacher. Each monthly session, which is scheduled with the teacher, lasts about 30 minutes and is done with the teacher in the room. Art guides can volunteer in their child’s classroom and may also partner with another guide to share or divide the classroom responsibilities.
We hope that you will join us for this school year's Art Masterpiece Program at American School of The Hague. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to sign up as an Art Guide volunteer.