Art Master Program

The Art Master program at Top of the World offers sequential study in visual arts designed to complement history, social studies, and language arts frameworks. Each year, six artists and/or artistic styles are selected for study in units that include:img_2469

  • Student practice pages to combine the study of an art element related to the master artist’s style or technique with the practice of skills necessary for success in the art activity
  • A lecture and presentation assembly, delivered by an artist, where students are introduced to each art master or culture through a combination of stories, visual aids, and slides at grade-level settings
  • A classroom art activity, led by an accredited art instructor, planned to relate to the master artist or style by technique, style, and medium.

img_2475Artists and/or cultures studied during the course of this year’s program are listed below. (Kindergartners participate in the program only during the second half of the school year.) The Art Master program is presented to TOW students courtesy of its PTA, thanks to the generous support of parents, the Laguna Beach community, and the ongoing contributions of its many in-class and program volunteers.

2016-17 Schedule:


Art Master students will be introduced to the art of Ancient Americas. Students will view slides of mysterious artifacts and monuments, like the “Feathered Serpent Pyramid,” and listened to authentic Maya music. Students will learn how art created long ago tells about past civilizations and thus provides a point of contact between people living now and those who lived thousands of years ago. Inspired by the art of our ancestors, students will then create their own icons using colors and patterns found in the art of the Aztecs, Mayas and Incas.

native-americanNATIVE AMERICANS

Art Master students will be introduced to Native American history through the art of Jerome Tiger. Is beautiful paintings tell little know stories of Native American life. Contemporary Native American artists will also be introduced through the work of R.C. Gorman, whose style inspired drawings in pastel and colored pencil.

joseph-raffaelJOSEPH RAFFAEL

Art Master students will be acquainted with contemporary American realism through the art of Joseph Raffael. Students will view slides of his beautiful watercolors and will be inspired to create their own multimedia works of art based on forms favored by Raffael. The students will be working with water-soluble colored pencils, which will further enhance their experience.

african-legacyAFRICAN LEGACY

Art Master students will experience African American art through the eyes of contemporary American artist Lois Mallou Jones. Her art, inspired by ancient African images, creates the opportunity for students to interpret ancient as well as modern African motifs, which will then be put to use in their own cut paper and monoprint works.


Art Master students will learn about POP art in America as they view slides of the famous contemporary artist Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein’s work will also serve as a review of the many styles and artists studied in the program. His brilliant and graphic designs and colors will inspire the most creative work yet from the students!!



Art Master students will be introduced to perspective through the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After viewing slides that will take the students on a tour inside and outside of his most famous buildings, and after viewing drawings of some his most incredible accomplishments, the students will be ready to create their own drawings in perspective.

Assembly Schedule*:

Monday, September 19, 2016 – The Art of Ancient Americas

Monday, October 17, 2016 – Native Americans

Monday, December 5, 2016 – Joseph Raffael

Monday, January 30, 2017 – African Legacy

Monday, March 6, 2017  – Lichtenstein / POP

Monday, April 3, 2017   – Frank Lloyd Wright

*Parents are invited to attend the assemblies.

For more information regarding TOW’s Art Master Program and ways you can get involved, please contact Missy Palino.