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

My sons love art. We do a lot of art during our homeschool day. But it has been difficult to find a quality art history curriculum.

We are looking no further after finding a Christian homeschool art history curriculum called The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective created by The Master and His Apprentices.

For this review, our family received the Digital Edition of the Textbook and the Teacher Guide.

What is The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective?

The Master and His Apprentices covers over a dozen periods and cultures and the art that was produced. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify these periods, their art, and discuss their similarities and differences between them.

This Christian art history curriculum can be used as a standalone course or can be added to a history or art program to deepen the understanding of the students. This is exciting because you can add this to a world history curriculum as you study different time periods. Or you can add it to an art curriculum as you learn about the characteristics and properties the art possesses.

Each weekly lesson includes student reading and a worksheet to complete. Class or small-group discussion questions can be answered orally or written and can be used for individual or group discussions. It includes learning valuable art vocabulary throughout the lessons.

The Master and His Apprentices combine history of the period, art, and the art’s history in a unique way that gives a deeper understanding of beauty and our world.

What is included in The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective?

The Teacher Guide is split into 36 weekly lessons. If you need to condense the lessons, or if you have plenty of time to slow it down, the teacher guide has directions to help you do so. It gives sample answers for the discussion questions. There are no rubrics for grading the writing, so teachers should consult a writing curriculum if they have questions about this.

I am picky about discussion questions and am careful to look for a curriculum that asks students to interpret and apply the information they are learning. The Master and His Apprentices has great questions that do just that. Comparison questions help students look closely at works of art and draw their own conclusions. Excellent!

The textbook is stuffed full of wonderful pictures and informative, yet concise, information. It teaches about the art from ancient cultures, classical antiquities, the middle ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque Era, and beyond. Each chapter is separated into sections that focus on one or a few art pieces. As a downloadable curriculum, you can view the art online as well.

How did our family use The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective?

Josh and I worked through 6 weeks of this great art history from a Christian perspective. After reading the textbook, Josh and I discussed the questions orally. When he reaches the first test, however, I will ask him to write out the answers to those questions.

The Master and His Apprentices curriculum earns student a whole high school credit! There are four written essays and four exams along with the text reading and discussion questions. Students are able to choose their own essay topics from the time period they have finished studying. This is a great way to get students to write and research what they are interested in.

On average, the authors said to expect 3-4 hours each week to complete it. But Josh and I finished the lessons in about two and a half each week. It really depends on the speed of your student’s reading.

We loved that the first two chapters look at the Master’s creation and study the beauty and uniqueness of what God made. This set us in the right mindset to give God the glory for the beauty that surrounds us and for the creativity of man.

Josh enjoyed the textbook. He loves to know fun facts about everything. As a history and art lover, this was a wonderful curriculum for him. I loved the combination of world history paired with art history. It allowed us to better understand the relationship between the two and see how history affected art.

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