Are you looking to incorporate art history into your homeschool curriculum? We found Have I Got a Story For You! to be a wonderful way to introduce art history curriculum into our homeschool lessons without too much muss and fuss. And because Have I Got a Story For You! is designed to be used with children across multiple age ranges, I am able include both our children in the lessons.
"Mrs. Beth and her animated drop of paint, Gasfy, will introduce your students/children to artists that influenced these art periods. Through creative storytelling and silly antics, Mrs. Beth and Gasfy make the artists and their masterpieces come alive."
About Have I Got a Story For You!
There are four different art history curriculums from Have I Got a Story For You! available through Timberdoodle, including the Renaissance Series, the Baroque Series, the Impressionist Series, and the Post-Impressionist Series. We were able to review the Renaissance Series in our homeschool.
The Renaissance Series includes:
- One introductory video, "Who Needs a Flea Collar?"
- Five videos on da Vinci
- Four videos on Michelangelo
- Two videos on Raphael
- 12 lesson plans that align with the videos
- "Name that Artist" PowerPoint Game
- Downloadable Flashcards (da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, instructions for the Flashcards, and Flashcards cover)
How We Used Have I Got a Story For You! in Our Homeschool
I have introduced this art history curriculum into our daily routine a few days a week. We watched the video one day and worked on one of the suggested art activities. I then choose other activities in the lesson plan to do throughout the week.
I remember taking an art history course in college to fulfill my art requirement. We studied ancient art from prehistory through Roman history. We spent a lot of time reading about the pieces, but I don't really remember a lot from the course itself. The things I remember the most are those which brought life to the art pieces, which included two field trips that students took on their own to local museums (without the teacher).
Have I Got a Story For You! art history course jumps to life with the powerful stories shared by Mrs. Beth and Gasfy. Even though our children are not seeing the Renaissance works in person, they are seeing a variety of pieces through the video lessons, and we have the opportunity to further research using the lesson plans.
I also appreciate the fact that this course is not just about art history. There are also plenty of opportunities for our children to learn new art techniques and put those skills into practice. For example, one of the first activities we did was to draw pictures after we learned about perspective.
What do the lesson plans bring to this art history curriculum? They are a valuable part of this fun video series!
- Great table of contents in the Lesson Plans PDF
- Objectives included for each episode
- Multiple art and extracurricular activities to pick from (including group activities and activities for advanced students)
- Vocabulary word list (great for spelling lists)
- Critical thinking questions that could even be developed into essays
- References to the HiGASFY Pinterest board in the activities
Art and Extracurricular Activities
- For those students who want to practice art skills, there are multiple art activities, including drawing, painting, sculpting, and even creating a fresco!
- Hands-on activities are included, such as creating a buckler, making paper airplanes, and more.
- History-related research projects
- Science activities that ask your students to make their own play dough, make a slingshot, or examine the illnesses of the 15th century.
- Writing activities that include critical thinking questions with each lesson.
One of the best parts of this particular art history curriculum are the videos with Mrs. Beth and Gasfy. They are delightful and engaging. The videos are clear and easy to watch. I previewed the first several ones before sharing with our children. I found that the second time I watched them, I picked up more information. I love homeschool curriculum that allows you to learn more the second time you go through it.
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