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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Master and His Apprentices - TOS Review

In all my 10 years of homeschooling I always have had a hard time including Art in our weekly schedule. I would have these big plans at the beginning of the year, but always fell short of keeping them.

Our team at Schoolhouse Review crew had the chance to review an Art program geared to the high school years or even for adults to benefit from. I jumped on the chance to try it with my soon to be 10th grader. The program in Question is called The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective, and put our by a company by the same name The Master and His Apprentices.

The Master and His Apprentices is written by a homeschool graduate who loves, studied and teaches Art and English. You can read her very inspirational story on the curriculum website. She is very knowledgeable and loves the subject as well as the creator of all Art: God. Her curriculum breathes owe and praises to the author of all Art. In her first chapter she truly makes the reader come away with a new appreciation of the beauty of Art and of its creator.

Throughout the curriculum besides teaching about the development of art throughout History, the main goal of the curriculum is truly to bring the reader to new appreciation of the author of it all. She does a wonderful job in accomplishing this.

The curriculum is available as physical copies as well as digital. They are available on the author's website as well as other book distributors such as Christianbook.com and Rainbow resources. We got the digital version which I was able to put on both my computer and the boys'.
The curriculum comes with a textbook, as well as a teacher's guide which contains a workbook, tests and an answer key. I printed the workbook for my son to work on. If used with a high school student it is designed in such a way that it can count as a full High school credit.

We both found the chapters to be long, but after all this is a high school level program and also geared towards adult. I started reading the chapters with my son and found myself enjoying what I was reading ( I am not much of a Art person). The workbook is quite involved and my son did not find it easy to go through it. Some of the questions as factual (basic recalling of what has been read), some were more subjective and reflective, and some were meant for further thought.

The curriculum takes you through the different times in History after taking the student through an overview of the beauty of Creation in the second chapter. The sections are as follow:
  • Ancient Culture (Ancient Near East, Egyptian, Aegean)
  • Classical Antiquity (Early Greek, Etruscan, Roman)
  • Middle Ages (Early Christian and Byzantine, Medieval and Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic)
  • Renaissance (Proto Renaissance, Early Italian Renaissance, High Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance
  • Baroque Era and Beyond
It also includes nice extras such as timelines, charts, pictures, maps, an extended biography and more.

I love how easy to read, colour, and pleasing to read the textbook is. Though the chapters are long (as mentioned earlier - 10-15 pages), Gena really brings you in and captures your attention. Reading the textbook prompted me to highlight stuff, which I encourage my son to do as well, as often time, these were the things asked in the workbook.

One thing to note about this program is that it is written from a young earth perspective. Though I do not necessarily embrace that view ( I am not rejecting it all together either), I think what she has to offer in this Art overview tromps any objection to that bias. It is just that packed-full with valuable Art appreciation concepts and facts
I personally loves this curriculum and am looking forward to use it during the course of the next 4 years in concurrence with our History program, as will starting back with Ancient Times in the Fall.
My son thought that the emphasis on God being the master artist was really cool and that the questions really make you ponder about your views on art and God.

You can find the Master and His Apprentice on both Facebook and Pinterest.

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