In addition to the videos, each art period also has a curriculum bundle that is included in your subscription. In the bundle you will find lesson plans (PDF download), flashcards you can print, and a Name That Artist assessment game/test (uses power point software.) The lesson plans contain 16 weeks of lessons for each period. 12 of the lessons have a corresponding video. The first lesson talks about and has the student make a portfolio and the other lessons that do not have a corresponding video have a free draw assignment. Each of the lessons that correspond to the videos have several activities to choose from including: hands on activities,art activities, critical thinking activities, vocabulary, writing, science, history, and more. There are also crossword and word search puzzles.
Here are a few images from the Name that Artist assessment. You first see the image and have time to guess the artist and then the answer will show up on the screen.
I have been using HiGASFY with my 8, 10, 12, and 14 year olds. My 2 year old grandson was here when we watched a few of the videos as well and he said," It's amazing!" (one of his new favorite phrases.) We started with the Impressionist period and have been watching 1-2 videos per week. I have to say I wasn't sure what to expect. Sometimes with video curriculum the videos are not great quality but the HiGASFY videos have been wonderful. You can tell that a lot of time and effort went making the videos. The picture and sound quality are outstanding.
My girls were inspired by the Impressionist videos to hold their own art show featuring their own art work. Here are a few pieces they displayed.
There is a wide age range listed on the video series, grades 1-8. The animated drop of paint named Gasfy is cute for the younger children. Older children may think it is childish but Gasfy is only a small part of the videos and his presence will not take away from all of the information they will learn from watching the videos and completing the activities in the curriculum bundle. Some of the younger children may not absorb as much information as the older ones but they will still get a lot out of watching the videos, viewing the artwork, and completing the activities in the curriculum bundle if you choose to use that as well.
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