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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Master and His Apprentices Review #hsreviews #ArtHistory #ArtAppreciation #ChristianArtHistory #HomeschoolArtHistory


The Master and His Apprentices

Do you or your kids appreciate art? Do you love to study art history? We just discovered a high school art history curriculum that is written from a Christian perspective from The Master and His Apprentices.

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History From a Christian Perspective was written by a former homeschool student, Gena Ferguson. She has been teaching art, English, history and the Bible for over 12 years. She used her teaching experience to write this curriculum.

This course would count as a full high school credit in Art History or it may be used as a supplement for other art or history studies. Homeschool students or in classroom should spend 3-4 hours per week to meet the 120-hour guideline. There are questions to be answered for each chapter, 4 papers to be written, and 4 exams for the course. It is available in print or digital versions and comes with a textbook and a teacher's guide. We received the digital version to review with the print rights for additional students. If you want to use the course with multiple children this needs to be purchased separately.

The 380-page textbook is divided into 19 chapters and includes over 600 color photos as well as timelines of Biblical history and world history. Each new time period begins with information to set the historical time and place. The 116-page Teacher's Guide includes questions to be answered for each lesson. Here are some of the things discussed in each chapter.


  • Chapter 1- Introduction to Art ~ It starts by defining art and talks about why we should study art and how to use the resource.
  • Chapter 2- Creation ~ This chapter looks at the 6 days of Creation and discusses the things that were created each day.
  • Chapter 3- Ancient Near East ~ Noah's ark, Tower of Babel, cone mosaics, the Law Code of Hammurabi, Solomon's Temple, and more.
  • Chapter 4- Egyptians ~ Mummification, pyramid development, temple of Ramses II
  • Chapter 5- Aegeans ~ Cycladic figures, Minoan Art, and Mycenaean Art 
  • Chapter 6- Early Greek ~ Greek pottery, sculpture, temple & column design.
  • Chapter 7- Etruscan~ sculpture
  • Chapter 8 - Roman ~ Architecture & city design, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and more.
  • Chapter 9 - Early Christian & Byzantine ~ Christ's life, Christian Basilicas, Ravenna Mosaics, Hagia Sophia. 
  • Chapter 10- Medieval & Islamic ~ Dome of the Rock, Runestones & Crosses, manuscript illumination.
  • Chapter 11 - Romanesque ~ Reliquary Statues, Romanesque Architecture, Pisa Cathedral Complex, Bayeux Tapestry.
  • Chapter 12 - Gothic ~ Abbot Suger and St. Denis, Notre-Dame de Paris, Canterbury Cathedral, Doge's Palace.
  • Chapter 13- Proto-Renaissance ~ Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Limbourg Brothers. 
  • Chapter 14- Early Italian Renaissance ~ Lorenzo Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Studiolos, Giovanni Bellini.
  • Chapter 15- High Italian Renaissance ~ Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese. 
  • Chapter 16- Northern Renaissance ~ Robert Campin, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Altdorfer.
  • Chapter 17- Baroque ~Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer
  • Chapter 18- Rococo Today~ A post 1600's Review
  • Chapter 19- Global Highlights~ A non-western art review
  • Appendix - Includes a complete timeline, essays, lists to show where pieces are form and more.



I have been using this course with my 13-year-old daughter. She is my artsy child and loves to look at art as well as create her own. Since this is officially our summer break I let her choose where she wanted to start in this book. We read through the introduction together and then she wanted to start with Chapter 8 and learn about the Romans and then she went back to chapter 6 & 7.  Chapter 8 includes a list of the Roman Emperors starting in 27 BC and discusses their domination and their decline. There are maps, and a timeline that includes Important World Events, Famous Ancient Roman Art, and Biblical Events & Christian History. She learned about the Roman cities and their public baths, temples, and entertainment. There are pictures and information on their Colosseum's, arches, the Pantheon, and sculptures. Alaina read the text and since she is on summer break she talked me into answering the questions out loud. Which worked out well because we could discuss them and look back at the pictures.

Alaina has been enjoying this study. She likes that there is historical information included to give her the overall picture. She is planning on finishing the book this fall and Delaney is planning on using it more as a supplement to her other studies. This course includes a lot of scripture and it does not contain any nudity so I don't have to worry about Alaina using this on her own.


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