The Master and His Apprentices

The following is a review of The Master and His Apprentices with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

We received a digital edition of the textbook and teacher guide: The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective

The four downloads arrived in a format I could open on my computer or mobile device (phone because our iPads died.) I have it saved as two books in my Dropbox account: a textbook and a teacher’s guide. We also received a download with printing instructions including permission to print. I found the 36 week syllabus in the teacher’s guide to be very helpful. 

The program is designed for private schools or homeschools and can even be done as a self-study course. Following the plan in this book will provide your student with 36 one-hour classes equalling one high school credit of art history. Alternatively, these lessons can be incorporated into other classes including art, Bible, or history. It can be used as a supplement and even used with younger students. A syllabus is included with a plan to follow and even a link to an editable form. If followed as suggested, students read assigned pages (approximately 10-15 pages) and take notes prior to each class. Student worksheets can be printed and later also used as review sheets. An additional "Terms to Describe Art" handout is also provided to help discuss works of art. The textbook, a notebook and pen, and a Bible are the recommended resources for completing these lessons. Four exams are included as well as instructions for completing four art history papers.

Vocabulary and geography are also built into the lessons. The worksheets are in fill-in-the-blank format.  Most lessons have about a page and a half of corresponding worksheets. 

These lessons are written from a Christian perspective. The first lessons include discussion of the earth's age and creation beginning in Genesis. In the beginning, it is written more like a history book with pictures than an art book.   

We have planned to begin high school world history with my son this fall and now plan to continue incorporating these art history lessons with his world history lessons when the information, time period, or location overlaps. This contains so much more than I would have imagined would be covered in a high school art history course. Art and history are covered, but so are much more: vocabulary, Scripture, science, research, and writing are all incorporated. Most of the assignments are readings in preparation for discussion, but there are also writing assignments. 

Maps are also included in the lessons. The colorful maps and  facts about people and places during each period are enhanced by pictures and descriptions of period specific art. 

Years ago we visited a traveling museum exhibit featuring artifacts from King Tut’s Tomb. The related lessons in this book would have been so exciting to study at the same time that we saw some of the things pictured in the book. Related lessons from the Egypt chapter include:  

  • Timeline of Ancient Egyptian art  
  •  Mummification and Canopic jars 
  •  Palette of Narmer 
  •  Statuary of the Old Kingdom 
  •  Pyramid Development 
  •  Pylon Temples
  •  Queen Hatshepsut 
  •  Akhenaten and Nefertiti 
  •  Tutankhamen
  •  Ramses II  

This would be an interesting historical resource for any family. I’d love to have the bound copy as a large coffee-table book.

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