I never learned much art history in school and honestly what I did learn I thought was super boring. (just being completely truthful here) So I really wasn’t expecting overally great results when I was asked to review HIGASFY Art History Video Series and their subscription service HIGASFY Art History Video Series from Miss Beth….Let’s just say, people I was so surprised (in a great way) at how much we all LOVED these videos!
First off, how does this work?
These are online videos and we received a 3 month subscription to them. They are organized into time periods so they are extremely easy to navigate. The videos themselves are about 15-35 minutes long each. They are named and numbered so you can easily keep track of where you are at. The time periods are Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Renaissance and Baroque. The two we studied were the Impressionist and Renaissance.
Miss Beth and her adorable little paint drop GASFY will show you around all kinds of interesting stories at Miss Beth’s art studio. I have to tell you, my 8, 5 and 2 year old children absolutely love Miss Beth & GASFY!
So, what in the world does HIGASFY stand for? Have I Got A Story For You 🙂 And that’s exactly what Miss Beth does (she is a fantastic storyteller). She tells you a story of these amazing artists and trust me, she will keep you spellbound and completely interested from start to finish. My son loved these so much he would ask to watch more than one. (and this is Art History, people!).
How did we use them?
We started at the first series of the “Impressionist Period” which happened to be about Claud Monet. Now to be perfectly blunt here, I “learned” about Claud Monet in high school and was not impressed. She totally changed my view of him and his artwork!
That is the awesome thing about these videos. They give you so much insight into the artist, their life, their passion, failings and techniques. But it is soooo not boring! I had no idea that most of his neighbors though Claud Monet was crazy 🙂 Maybe he and I have something in common (hehe).
We learned lots of new words (one was “en plein air”, which is French for painting outdoors).
Then we watched the videos from the Renaissance! This was perfect, because we are studying the Middle Ages in our regular history so it went right along with that! We learned so much about this time period from these lessons 🙂 such as about the Plague.
There is also a downloadable lesson plan and activity pack. We did not use this right now, but I did download it to use later! It is very comprehensive and includes so many areas such as history, science, language arts and more! There are tons of projects to complete and she gives the details on how to do each one! Some I think we will do in the future are making a relief sculpture and carving a sculpture out of Ivory soap 🙂
I highly recommend this series, whether or not you think this will be your cup of tea, I encourage you to give it a try & fall in love with art history!
Check out the reviews at the link below to see what our other crew members thought about this fantastic homeschool resource!