Masterpieces in Art
MASTERPIECES IN ART MISSION
Masterpieces in Art is a non-profit arts education program created by passionate volunteers who are dedicated to teaching foundational art skills and inspiring confidence in creative expression for the students of Jeremy Ranch Elementary.
MiA was founded over 20 years ago in response to a lack of state funding for the arts. What started from a school closet is now home to a thriving art room full of creative and gracious volunteers working collaboratively together. MiA is a one of a kind arts program that has been built from the ground up.
Our grade-specific art curriculum is based on core principles of elementary arts education: line & shape in Kindergarten building to texture and gradation in higher grades. We introduce students to a variety of mediums and seek inspiration from old world masters and contemporary artists.
HOW IT HAS NORMALLY WORKED
During non-pandemic times every class at Jeremy Ranch has had a Masterpieces in Art lead volunteer along with supporting art volunteers who worked with their JR teacher to determine a schedule for monthly art lessons in the student classrooms. MiA volunteers spent time in our art room gathering art supplies, testing out projects and gaining inspiration & support from other volunteers. During this unique time our volunteers have created individual Art Kits for every JR student and have filmed art lessons for in-classroom and remote learners to access.
As a non-profit we rely solely on fundraising to sustain our program. We have always run two fundraisers every academic year. Our Original Artworks Fundraiser allows for the purchase of products like mugs, totes, and jewelry customized with your child’s artwork. Our second fundraiser, the Spring Art Festival, is an evening of fun artistic comradery including an opportunity drawing and a silent auction where winning bidders take home collaborative artwork – one has always been created by every class. Since canceling our Spring Art Festival two years in a row (last year and this year), due to health concerns from large group gatherings, we would greatly appreciate in kind donations to our Masterpieces in Art program.
We have always welcomed new volunteers however this year our needs have diminished as we respect the directive to keep extra people out of the school. Please keep MiA in mind when the environment changes and we can reignite our full arts program. You don’t need a formal arts degree to be a part of our community, just a positive and collaborative spirit. In the future consider assisting a lead volunteer or bringing new inspiration to our artistic repertoire.
CONTACT US FOR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in future art opportunities at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School!