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Review of The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective

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Looking for homeschool art history curriculum?  Let me tell you about The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective created by The Master and His Apprentices.  With a daughter who loves everything about art, I am always on the lookout for new art programs that will inspire and motivate our daughter.  For this review we received the downloadable version of this curriculum.  We received Print/Photocopy rights for our family.  I really appreciate this feature.  It means if our older sons wanted to do this program, they also could.

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective offers a product that is suitable for adults, high school students, parents and artists in a wonderfully inspiring program.  For this review, we received the Digital Edition of the Textbook and Teacher’s Guide.  With the textbook being 380 pages and the Teacher’s Guide being 116 pages, I decided it was in our family’s best interest to download the textbook to our iPad and then print out the Teacher’s Guide.   I made this decision because the textbook contains a tremendous amount of artwork which is in color.  I felt like reading the textbook on our tablet would work fine for our family.

The course is designed for a chapter a week.  My original intention was for our daughter and I to work through the course together.  Even though I claim a limited to non-existent talent in art, this course really excited me.  This course is meant to be a full high school credit when completed.  I love that there is no nudity or other objectionable material included.

The Teacher’s Guide includes what to read, discussion questions, student worksheets, exams and more.  It includes instructions for teachers in classroom settings, Home school parents, record keeping forms (including attendance and grade sheets),a syllabus, terms to describe art, Art History Paper Instructions, weekly discussion question worksheets and exams along with an answer key.

 

I decided the best way to approach The Master and His Apprentices was for my daughter and I to read the textbook on our own and then discuss the worksheets and other questions in the Teacher’s Guide.  This Christian Art History textbook covers an introduction to art, Creation, Ancient Cultures, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages, the Renissance, and Baroque Era & Beyond.  There are also appendixes that includes essays, a period chart, a timeline, pieces by location, terms to describe art, and even an index.

Because of some things going on in our life for the past few weeks that involved me doing a lot of driving, I decided to have her ride with me and we discussed the material orally rather than having her complete the worksheets by hand.  I felt this gave us the opportunity to go more in depth than what would have happened on paper.  Now that life has settled down, we will probably use a combination of oral and written formats for the worksheets.  Then after we were home, she filled out the worksheets.All of the questions for the worksheets are open-ended rather than multiple choice which I like; since it makes her think more. For the exams there are matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay questions.  The first exam comes at the end of Chapter 7, so we are not quite there yet.  Here is a completed worksheet.

 

As our daughter and I worked through the chapters, I feel like we both enjoyed a greater appreciation of how art and history work together.  We also loved the variety of artistic works included in the textbook.

 

 

You can find The Master and His Apprentices on social media at the following links:
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My daughter and I are really enjoying The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective.   So if you are looking for a homeschool art history curriculum, check it out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Á La Carte Collection

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Sometimes run of the mill textbooks and worksheets do not make the grade and some creativity and variety are needed.  Home School in the Woods offers products that meet that requirement. Because my youngest child is fifteen-years-old finding products that meet her needs are more challenging.  Fortunately, Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte.

Because all our children, as well as my husband and myself, are participating in our area’s homeschool band and/or strings programs, I decided that items focusing on music would definitely meet the bill.  So we selected “Composers through History Timeline” and “The Orchestra”, which is a File Folder Display of the Orchestra across 4 different periods of history in music.  I like doing hands-on crafts such as scrapbooking and crocheting.  So I decided to select “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” for myself.

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Our family found all these products to be fun and interesting to use.  “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” involves paper art that uses the 3-dimensional art of rolled paper.  This product was originally created as part of “Time Travelers: Colonial Life”.  This particular product required the purchase of a quilling tool, quilling paper, and an adhesive to attach the paper rolls to the paper.  The instructions were clearly stated, but I did find the quilling tool somewhat difficult to use.  Also, the adhesive is exceptionally sticky which meant my fingers managed to get and stay sticky.  But all in all, I really enjoyed making my one project.  Here are some of the pictures while I was working on it and a picture of my completed picture.

Here is the picture of the finished product.

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Next, I would like to talk about “The Orchestra A File Folder Display of the Orchestra Across 4 Periods in the History of Music“.  This product was originally created for the “Composers Activity Pack”.  It examines the way musical instruments were introduced over time and how the orchestra grew to include many of them.  It takes the student through The Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods and includes over 25 instruments along with the conductor.

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This product requires a file folder, card stock, an adhesive and scissors.  The most involved part of this product is cutting out and attaching the pockets to the file folder and the cutting out the instrument descriptions and information about the period.  I love how this product is interactive and can allow for multiple periods to be displayed using the same file folder.  Here are some pictures of me creating the file folder and then set up the arrangement of instruments for the Classical Period.

Finally, I want to talk about “Composers through History Timeline” product.  This involves the use of card stock or other paper, scissors and an adhesive.  Students learn about periods of music and the various composers that belong to each period.  It allows for parents and students to go into as much depth as desired for each composer and period.

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 Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods also offers selections such as Timeline of the American Revolution and the Renaissance Reporter Newspaper.  So check these out for yourself.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.

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Review of The Pencil Grip, Inc. for Magic Stix Washable MarkersA

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Our family absolutely loves doing artwork.  So I am constantly on the lookout for great products for her to use.  My art-loving daughter enjoyed using Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc.! Just like all the products we have reviewed for The Pencil Grip, Inc. we fell in love with these markers as well.  The markers offer vibrant colors and are a joy to use.

For the review, we received the package of the 24 pack of markers.  One of my absolute favorite things about this product is the hard plastic case the markers come in since it allows for easy storage and transporting of the markers.

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These markers have some amazing features.  First, they are odorless, so it makes them perfect to use on the go or in small spaces.  Second, they are washable, so this means you do not have to worry about them permanently staining anything.  Next, they are non-toxic, so they are safe to use around young children.

Here are pictures of our daughter using these markers.

 

 

Here are some more pictures of her using the markers.

 

 

And here are some pictures of her final pictures.  She actually did two distinct pictures on one page and the results were incredible.

 

 

Our daughter’s only complaint with these markers is that she wishes they offered some with finer tips.  She likes to do incredibly detailed work at times and the thickness of these markers does not lend themselves to that kind of work.  Also, she experienced slight frustration with some of the colors not being exactly what she expected them to be based on the color of the maker.  But, her finished creations are still absolutely incredible.

Also, these markers come in bright and bold colors.  Here is really quick drawing I did myself back in December when we received the 12-pack. Because of how much I loved the smaller package, I knew our family would love the larger pack.

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Now I am not the best artist in the world, but I found these markers great to use.  These markers come in a great variety of colors that allow for incredible creativity and opportunities to have fun with drawing.

Another amazing feature is that they are guaranteed to not dry out with the cap off for 7 days.  If you are like me, that makes these incredibly useful.  I can not tell you the number of times, I went to use a marker, only to find it was dried out.  So you really need to check these out for yourself.

While I did not remember to post every day on social media, I did do the 7-day test where I left the cap of a marker for 7 days and drew a line each day.  I was amazed that on the 7th day, the marker was still as dark as it was on the first day.

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My art-loving daughter enjoyed using Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc.!  So I recommend you check them out for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews written by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

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This year, I discovered a remarkable company that sells amazing art products.  So I was thrilled when they reached out to our family to review their Magic Stix Washable Markers. These markers are incredible.  As soon as I opened the package, our 15-year-old daughter began to draw with them.

Here are some pictures of her drawing along with the finished product.

 

These markers have some amazing features.  First, they are odorless, so it makes them perfect to use on the go or in small spaces.  Second, they are washable, so this means you do not have to worry about them permanently staining anything.  Next, they are non-toxic, so they are safe to use around young children.

Another amazing feature is that they are guaranteed to not dry out with the cap off for 7 days.  If you are like me, that makes these incredibly useful.  I can not tell you the number of times, I went to use a marker, only to find it was dried out.  So you really need to check these out for yourself.  Here is a picture of our test.  I will be back to update you on how things go.  We are on Day 1 currently.

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Also, these markers come in bright and bold colors.  Here is a quick drawing I did myself.

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Now I am not the best artist in the world, but I found these markers great to use.  They come in either 12 or 24 packs.  They are available on Amazon.com.  Click here for the 24-pack or click here for the 12 pack.

Check them out for yourself.  Let me know what you think.  I would love to hear from you. May you have a blessed Christmas.

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Review of the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

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We have several children who love completing art projects of all types.  However, there are times when getting out acrylic paints and dealing with all the hassles of getting things set up and then cleaned up is not practical. Also, being a military family who homeschools, things that are portable and that can be used while we are traveling are fantastic.  I am always looking for ways for my children to do mess-free art so I was thrilled to receive Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. to review this time.

When I saw the opportunity to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack come up, I instantly knew I wanted these for our family.  This is our second time reviewing a Thin Stix product, so I knew we would love them.  This set contains twenty-four tempera paint sticks. There are twelve assorted colors, six neon colors and 6 Metalix colors.  As soon as the package arrived, my daughter and I both instantly began to try them out.  Here is our first project, which was a joint effort.  We loved how easy the stix are to use and how there is no mess to clean up afterward.  We were able to simply open the package, select a color, take off the cap and then twist up the stix before starting to create.  If you would like to check out our review of the Thin Stix 6 Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc., click here.

Another thing that I love about this pack is that our fifteen-year-old daughter, our seventeen-year-old son, as well as myself, were able to work on art creations at the same time.  We had fun creating together.  I love the way the Metalix stix showed up on our paper.  Since I wanted to use what we had on hand, everyone used mixed-media paper.  However, I would love to try this pack on wood such as Christmas ornaments as well as other mediums.  The colors are bright and vibrant.  Every color I used looked exactly the way I expected them to.  My daughter would still love to have something that allows for finer detail work.  But in the end, she was thrilled with the way her picture of a pillow turned out.  Now I just get the fun of trying to find or make a pillow in real life that reflects her creation.  Here are pictures of her working on her creation along with the finished product.

 

Our son loved how the colors turned out in his creation.  He felt like the stix were too fat to allow for a lot of control when he was working on his creation. Here are some pictures of him working on his creation along with his finished product.

I do not claim to be a world-renowned artist, but I had a lot of fun using the Thin Stix Creative Pack.  Here are some pictures of me working on my project along with the finished product.

 

So if you are looking for a great product that dries quickly, gives the texture of actual paint but in the disguise of a marker, check out the Thin Stix Creative Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. for yourself.  If you would like to read additional reviews from other Homeschool Review Crew members, click here or on the graphic below.

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One of My Favorite Things about Homeschooling

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One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that my children get to spend time doing things they love.  For our daughter, that means she gets to spend time on her artwork.

For my sons, they get to spend time online with cousins and friends in other states (and even another country).  I love hearing them interact with one another as they play games and talk with each other.

Another thing I love is that it gives us a chance to spend time as a family.  Sometimes this means we might go some place, like the trips we used to take each year to Busch Gardens.  Other times, it may mean we go shopping or perhaps just watch a movie at home together. All in all, homeschooling has been a blessing for our family.

So what does your family like to do?