I am not an artist. I mean, I can do arts and crafts with my kids and make anything out of a cardboard box, but I don’ t know a thing about REAL art. That is why I was very excited for the opportunity to review a high school art appreciation course by The Master and His Apprentices. The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective was able to fill in some of the gaps in my learning and better prepare me to teach my kids.
The Product: The Master and His Apprentices
This course is a high school art appreciate course, worth one high school credit when dedicating a total of 3-4 hours for a total of 120 hours . It can be done as a yearly course with one hour of instruction per week for full year or 2 hours week for a semester. Requirements include 4 papers, 4 exams, and participation in weekly discussions. Additional printing rights for your family or co-op can be purchase for $2 per student.
Teaching the Course: The Teacher’s Manual
If you’ve never taught art before, don’t worry. The Teacher’s Manual gives instructions on how to set up and structure the course.
A printable sheet is available to track attendance and grades. The suggested grading scheme looks like this:
- Paper #1: 10%
- Paper #2: 10%
- Paper #3: 10%
- Paper #4: 10%
- Exam #1: 10%
- Exam #2: 10%
- Exam #3: 10%
- Exam #4: 10%
- Participation: 20%
A full syllabus is included to help with your planning. Of course, you may modify it as needed, but it outlines assignments and exams and provides due dates as well as what chapters to read and discuss each week.
At the beginning of the teacher’s manual, you will find a page that describes specifically what design & composition, line & shape, value & color, and style & textures are. Furthermore, other important terms are in bold to help provide both understanding and a framework to discuss the art seen in the textbook.
Grading & Art History Paper Instructions
There are 4 papers due throughout the course, each worth 10% of the final grade. Instructions and topics are found here.
Weekly Discussion Questions, Answer Key, and Exams
Every week, a reading assignment will be completed by the student followed by a discussion of what was read. Discussions questions and the answer key is provided to help guide the conversations. Four exams will be given throughout the course, each worth 10% of the final grade.
How We Used It: Adapting It for Elementary
My children are not even in middle school much less high school, so we did not follow the course outline; however, I found The Master and His Apprentice to be a valuable resource in our current studies anyway. The textbook provides vivid, full-color pictures of various works of art throughout history. I was able go through the text and link the art to our studies of the Middle Ages. The teacher’s manual prepared me as a teacher to know how to point out some of the artistic techniques, etc. so that we were able to compare medieval art to other eras. My kids can now recognized some famous pieces of art and link them to their appropriate era. This is a great way to build the foundation for art appreciation and extend their knowledge of history.
The Master and His Apprentice provides a full high school level art appreciation course. It is detailed and well-laid out, and its linear historical progression offers opportunities to overlap other subjects. Have you tried The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective ? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Till Next Time,