I have struggled with how to add art education to our homeschool but HiGASFY Art History Video Series made it possible to add this subject to our homeschool day. I need to state from the beginning, however, I really wanted this subscription for myself. For years I have wanted to develop some artistic talent. Growing up, my older sister was the artist in our family and I did not want to try to compete with her. So I elected to stay away from art. I love having an online art curriculum that combines videos, and a curriculum bundle.
The curriculum bundle includes lesson plans, Name that Artist activities, and flashcards for each era. All of these can be printed out. However, I wanted to conserve ink, so I elected to download these items to my tablet where I could quickly and easily access them. I elected to print the lesson plans in black and white so I could complete some of the activities such as the crossword puzzles and word searches.
But my husband and I have three sons ages 23, almost 21, and almost 19 along with our daughter who is almost 17. All four of these children at various points in their lives have demonstrated they are artistically talented. So I am determined to see what talent I can develop. Because I attended a college that emphasized the Humanities, I recognize the importance of combining art history with the actual practice of art.
HIGASFY combines the best of art history, artwork, and various activities that go across the curriculum spectrum. Rather than being presented in a dry and boring manner, Mrs. Beth brings art to life along with her animated sidekick Gasfy who is a drop of paint. Aimed at children in grades 1-8, I feel the videos capture the spirit and interests of children of all ages.
The curriculum covers 4 different art eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist. I elected to begin with the Impressionism period. Recently I have become fascinated with the art and artists from this period. This selection did not disappoint. Mrs. Beth and Gafsy take you on a tour through art eras covering a plethora of artists, cultural events of that era all while examining masterpieces for what makes that period unique.
The lessons plan clearly lay out what needs to be completed each day. I love how free drawing days are included throughout the study. I also appreciated how vocabulary words were included in the lesson plans as well. Students need to know the terms that apply to a given period or artistic style. In addition to the drawing activities, additional activities provided range from writing assignments to geography assignments to science to critical thinking skills and more. On some days no videos are required, but instead free drawing assignments are given.
The “Name that Artist” cards for each period provide examples of each artist’s pieces along with the name of the artist and the name of the piece. This feature allows students to review artists they have already studied. If my daughter was in grades 1-8 and she was the one doing this program, I would have printed out the cards and had them laminated to make them last longer. Otherwise, I feel viewing them on my computer or tablet for me is fine.
The flashcards provide pieces of artwork on one side of the card while the other side shows the artist’s name and the name of the piece. I love how these cards go hand-in-hand to reinforce what the students are learning.
Hre are some of the drawing activities I attempted.
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As an adult, I found the historical aspects, the artists selected, and the artwork selected to be inspiring. I loved how the activities suggested go across curriculum lines and develop a well-rounded art program.
All in all, I have to say I feel HiGASFY Art History Video Series offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about art history and art education in a creative and inspiring way. So check it out for yourself. Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this program this week as well. Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.