Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

HiGASFY Art History Video Series - A Crew Review

Before I had children and began homeschooling, I was a preschool teacher. My favorite activity to do with my students was always, hands down, art. I love art. The creative expression and even escape that the subject affords has always been what draws me. Of course, art is more than drawing, painting, and sculpting. We can't forget Art History. There is much to learn about the various periods, styles, and artists. But let's face it, the subject is often, well, boring. I've taken a few Art History courses that were snooze fests. It doesn't have to be that way though, and this review proves it. HiGasfy Art History Video Series provided us with a 3 month subscription to their HiGasfy Art History Video Series to use, and let me tell you, it isn't a boring college class.

What kind of a name is HiGasfy? That was certainly my first question, lol. It's actually an acronym. It stands for Have I Got A Story For You. The lessons are video based, and our host is Mrs. Beth, former flight attendant, and retired teacher. She has a little buddy named Gasfy (what a coincidence!), who is a little paint drop that joins us for the lessons. You'll notice of course that the name of this is HiGasfy, and she starts each episode by finding her little friend and saying, "Hi Gasfy!". Very cute.

This program for grades 1-8 teaches 4 periods in the world of art:
- Renaissance Series
- Baroque Series
- Impressionist Series
- Post-Impressionist Series

There are 12 video lessons for each of these periods. Each series follows the same general schedule. First, the video is watched, and lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. The art period is introduced, and students will learn about making a personal portfolio. They will study an artist, and his works. There are then  opportunities to create art for themselves. The last part of the series includes a power point presentation to assess completed skills. There are lesson plans for each series, and they are well organized and thorough. Even the most nervous Art History teacher will find their confidence using these plans, as everything is laid out clearly. Simply read and then carry out the instructions. Included in these plans are slide shows that feature famous works of art, flash cards, and worksheets. Students will enjoy activities that include I Spy (finding hidden objects in paintings), Word Searches, Vocabulary Words, and Crossword Puzzles. There are options for every learning style.

I liked the videos very much. Mrs. Beth has a great way about her that elementary students will appreciate. She engages the students with photos, graphics, and interaction with Gasfy the paint drop. I really love this program. I only have one complaint, and that is that my daughters are now in high school, and beyond the age range of this series. That won't stop us from enjoying the remainder of our subscription though, and we will! Those of you with kids in the elementary grades should definitely check this out. I bet you'll love it too!

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