The Master and His Apprentices is not like other Art programs. This program shares God’s story through Art, linking Art with your Bible as you learn more about it. Through their program, The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective, you will begin to see the beauty of God’s work throughout the history of Art.
For this review, we were sent digital copies of both the Teacher’s Guide and the Student Textbook. These open as PDF files but I was easily able to send them over to my Kindle for us to use. The Master and His Apprentices also gives you the right to make copies of these materials with your printer for your family’s use only. The Student Textbook is designed to that it easily prints to be placed into a three ring binder for your student’s use.
The Teacher’s Guide provides a Table of Contents, followed with directions on how to use this curriculum. The program is designed to be a one year, stand-alone high school elective course for your student. You will find instructions on how to use this in a classroom setting and a home setting.
We, of course, used this in a home setting for with Emmalee, who loves Art. We are always looking for new art programs to use for her, to advance her love and knowledge of Art. This program was a perfect fit for her because it combines two of her favorite things: Art and History.
The program is designed to create a 36 week program with one hour classes and two 18 week semesters. As Homeschoolers, that’s not how we laid the program out and it worked fine for our usual method of learning where my daughter works independently and completes as much as the program as she’d like to. She really enjoyed what she was learning so she didn’t want to stop continuing through as she worked on the lessons. That’s just how Emmalee works.
The program does provide writing and asks that the student complete 4 papers during the year on different artists. It also provides an Exam to show that the student is learning and has learned what’s being taught. The exams don’t concentrate on dates to be memorized but instead what time period the artist’s work was created. This is an important part of Art History.
The required supplies for this course are: a notebook, pen, Bible, and a handout called “Terms to Describe Art”. This isn’t a course on painting or technique but on the History of Art itself, expanding on learning about the artists, their lives and the story of the masterpieces they created as well as the techniques they used. The program does not show nude body parts or art that is questionable since it is a Christian curriculum and the lessons are centered around the Bible and God’s word.
The Student Textbook provides all the text for the student to read through and learn. But the actual worksheets and exams for the program are provided in the Teacher’s Guide. They can be printed and placed into a binder with the text first and the worksheets following in order to organize them for your student. In the back of the Teacher’s Guide you will find the Answer Key for the worksheets as well. Alternatively, you can upload the books onto a tablet or computer and the student can write their answers on notebook paper if needed, which is what we chose to do for the review period. You can also purchase print copies of the books for this program to use.
Emma really enjoyed working through this review. It was right up her ally. She loved the relation of Art to the Bible and the stories of different people from the Bible that the program shared and expanded upon, giving her a better understanding of who they were and God’s purpose for them as well as their life and their Artistic works. She’s still working on the program and is enjoying each and every minute.
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