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The 4 Cs

Life Pieces To Masterpieces employs the 4 Cs as part of their curriculum:

  • Students connect to themselves and to their classmates through meditation, journal writing, drumming, dancing, poetry, and art.
  • They create -- homework, artwork, and poems.  This creative process is fun but also cathartic. Artistic expression is often the catalyst for healing, changing the broken pieces of their lives into unique, colorful masterpieces.
  • They contribute -- sharing their work and their thinking with the greater community, they take pride in their work but also learn public speaking skills, confidence and discipline.
  • And they celebrate their successes.


The Shield of Faith

The Shield of Faith, inspired by the color wheel, is a decision-making tool that reminds Apprentices, mentors, staff members and volunteers of the core values of Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Each value is associated with a color, so that when an Apprentice sees a particular color throughout the day, he is reminded of LPTM values. Values include loving, giving, language, arts, discipline, leadership, spirituality, and meditation. The Shield serves as a behavior management tool for the young boys; for the older boys it is a jumping off point for deeper discussions about values.

The ultimate vision of the program is to create a community of young men who are gentlemen, scholars, athletes, and artists.


"The shield makes you pause -- to help you think before you react. A questioning tool -- why am I in this situation and how to do I want to handle it?” What decision can I make that will help me determine who I really want to be in this life? Because that one situation, that one experience could determine a lot. It could hold you back from your goals if you aren’t careful."

-- LPTM Senior Apprentice


Latest News

This month's featured masterpiece is titled "Masterpiece David" (2013). The artist says, "No matter what they say about me... read more
The Art by Life Pieces 2016 exhibit at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery is open to the public October 3 to  November 7, free... read more
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