Northshore Christian Academy

Art Program

Meet our Middle School Art Teacher and learn more about our 'Meet the Masters' Art Curriculum taught by Elementary School teachers.

Art Teacher

Mrs. Jean Hale (Art Teacher—Middle School) went to school at Seattle Pacific University and graduated in Latin American Studies and Elementary Education with endorsements in Spanish and ESL for K-12. She’s taken every art course available during her school years plus watercolor and soft pastel classes from local artists to broaden her experience. Mrs. Hale’s philosophy of art is based on the fact that we are created by God to be like Him, so that means we create too! She tells her artists that we are most like God when we make something beautiful using tangible things like color and repetition, and when we draw from the intangible like: feelings, experiences, and ideas. Art challenges us to use our highest thinking skills. Mrs. Hale has been a teacher at Northshore since 2005.

'Meet the Masters' Art Curriculum

NCA uses the 'Meet the Masters' K-8th Art Curriculum Exploring 35 Master Artists.

Step 1: “Introducing the Masters” Assemblies:  The Meet the Masters experience begins with a multi-media assembly using Powerpoint slides, artist voices, and music where the children learn about the fascinating lives and famous works of the Master Artists.  We have 35 artists units available in 5 tracks.  Interactive questions and multi-media content will keep the students interest while walking through a virtual museum  filled with interesting stories and facts.  An art background is not necessary because all lesson plans are scripted, illustrated and timed.  The art vocabulary, artist name cards, art elements, props and visuals are all included and organized – nothing to research or gather.  This step can be done in an assembly combining classes or in an individual classroom. (Step 1 takes 20-45 minutes)

 Step 2: “Learning from the Masters” Technique Packets:  Now that the children have a true connection to the artist, it is time to introduce the techniques which made the art revolutionary.  Back in the classroom, they will work on a mostly self-guided follow-up packet which will be the pencil-on-paper means for your student to learn from the Masters.  The worksheets reinforce the material previously presented in Introducing the Masters, and further prepares them for success in the final step – the art project. (Step 2 takes 15-30 minutes)

 Step 3: “Working with the Masters” Art Projects:  After learning the inspiration and techniques of each Master the children are ready for the real fun.  Your classroom will transform into an art studio as the well-equipped teacher leads the students on a step-by-step journey through the art project.  Often in the same medium, style or subject matter as the Master, the students will discover their creativity while developing confidence in their own unique abilities.  Training DVDs can assist the teacher with step by step detailed instructions. (Step 3 takes 50-60 minutes)

Throughout K-8th grades, beginning through advanced art instruction are offered for 35 Master Artists who include:
Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Piet Mondrian, M. C. Escher, Frederic Remington, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo, Katsushika Hokusai, Edgar Degas, Grant Wood, Joan Miro, Rembrandtvan Rijn, Rosa Bonheur, Jacob Lawrence, Paul Gauguin, Alexander Calder, Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Georges Seurat, Faith Ringgold, Paul Cezanne, Leonardo da Vinci, Auguste Renoir, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Henri Rousseau, Edward Hopper, Maria Martinez, Gustav Klimt, Michelangelo Buonarroti

Student Artwork

NCA Student Artwork below:

Award Winners!

Marcella C.'s collage piece titled "One" which she made for Mrs. Ross' 8th grade class
(depicting 2 holding hands), won the
National Scholastic Gedenk Art and Writing Award
for Tolerance in 2015
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