Members of the Home School Review received The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective from The Master and His Apprentices to review. The digital products received included the textbook and teacher’s guide as a digital download. Although our crew members received the digital versions, both the textbook and the teacher’s guide are available in print editions.
Our crew members received both the textbook and the teacher’s guide. The textbook includes 380 pages packed full of information, art, and history. From an Introduction to Art, creation, ancient cultures and more this curriculum moves through time providing examples of art along with information to provide background, context and more. From the ancient cultures through the life of Christ to the Renaissance to modern times along with everything in between comes to life on the pages.
This art curriculum may be used by high school students looking for a full year of high school credit, parents who are looking for Christian materials to use with their younger children or even artists who want to understand what demonstrates great art. Over 600 different works of art are included in the textbook.
The book is broken down into following periods – Ancient Cultures, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque and Beyond. There are informative chapter introductions to provide context and background for each period, chapter timelines that highlight art alongside world events as well as Biblical/Christian History. There is also an appendix which includes essays, period charts, a complete timeline, artistic terms, an index, and acknowledgments to name a few.
The teacher’s guide includes discussion questions, student worksheets, exams and more to help guide and direct the learning experience. The included syllabus provides information about what should be covered on a given day. The exams do not require the rote memorization of dates, but rather to be able to compare and contrast the different periods and styles with each other.
The course requires four papers to be written on each of the four different periods along with different artists, styles, and pieces. Suggestions for adapting the curriculum to various circumstances such as longer class periods or shorter time periods are included as well. The discussion questions are open-ended questions that require thought.
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A big thank you to Patti Pierce of Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy for writing this introductory post