Art history for kids has always been a subject I’m not comfortable teaching. It’s an area I don’t know a lot about or have a background in. And not only that, it’s boring and feels
I reviewed HIGASFY Art History Video Series and found the answer. It’s an online subscription to an art history program where Mrs. Beth does the teaching for you through videos. Mrs. Beth, along with her adorable sidekick
What Do You Get with HIGASFY’s Art History for Kids?
Included in a HIGASFY subscription are four art eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist. Through a series of 12 videos, your child will learn about the time
The curriculum bundle includes
Each video lesson is about 20-30 minutes long.
While Mrs. Beth’s sidekick,
There is a complete set of lesson plans you can download from the for each era. A video corresponds with 12 of the16 lessons. The other four lessons focus on creating an art portfolio, free draw, activities and worksheets, and an assessment in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
Most lessons include these four basic parts:
Objectives– Every lesson has a list of objectives which tells you
Suggested Activities– Each lesson has a list of activities to choose from. The author includes links when it’s necessary for the student to look at different works of art online. There are also worksheets your child can complete for some activities. While the worksheets are beautiful, because many include the color version of the art, you will need to have a good printer that doesn’t cost a lot for ink to print them out. It’s worth it if you do. An option would be to leave them on the screen and have your student give the answers orally.
- Using a variety of mediums to create their own art
- Taking pictures
- Arts and crafts
- Visiting an art museum online or in person
- Playing games
- Crossword puzzles
- Word searches
Critical Thinking– This section includes a set of questions to answer. There is no right or wrong answer to these. They get your child thinking and can also
List of Vocabulary– All vocabulary words mentioned in the video
Writing Assignment– Most lessons include an opportunity for your child to write about what he has learned.
Besides those four areas above, geography, history, science, Bible, and group activities
“Name that Artist
The bundle includes a set of flashcards for each era. You can print and laminate them to use for review. An easy way to store them would be on a metal ring. If you printed two sets, students could also use these for a game. There are two cards per page and they would require a lot of color ink to print so you will need a good printer with inexpensive ink. They are worth it if you can print them.
Our Experience with this Art Education
The stories are interesting and kept my kids’ attention. While the videos aren’t long (20-30 minutes) we split them into two sessions a few times because of my youngest daughter’s attention span. I wanted her to stay focused and if I thought she was getting
Mrs. Beth does a great job of using vocabulary and art terms during the stories while also explaining them
We enjoyed the Name that Artist game. My daughters did it at the same time and tried to see who was the first person to call out the name of the artist and/or work of art. I liked the fact that they could check their own answers.
This program really took the scary factor out of teaching art history for kids and made it enjoyable. I am thrilled to have found it. I no longer have to avoid teaching this subject and my kids can learn about art history
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