Exploring Art History with ‘Have I Got A Story For You’
Hey there, fellow homeschoolers! Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic. I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four on our seventh-year journey. Today, I’m excited to talk about a unique and captivating approach to homeschool art history. So, let’s dive into the world of ‘Have I Got A Story For You’ or as it’s commonly known, HiGASFY. But before we get started, if you enjoy homeschooling tips and adventures, don’t forget to hit subscribe, and give this post a thumbs up. Let’s make everyday magic together!
Why Art History?
I have a confession to make – I have a bit of a love affair with art and history. Writing, poetry, and the narratives behind historical events and artworks captivate me. Today, I want to share with you why I love ‘Have I Got A Story For You’ and how it has become an integral part of our homeschooling journey.
Introduction to HiGASFY
HiGASFY, abbreviated from ‘Have I Got A Story For You,’ is a video-based art history curriculum that has added a new layer of excitement to our learning routine. Offered by Timberdoodle, it covers various art movements, including Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Each 12-part series explores three artists from that specific time.
What Makes HiGASFY Special
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why I love HiGASFY. First off, it’s incredibly easy to use. I simply upload the files to our Google Drive, use our TV as a monitor, and let the kids enjoy the episodes. Speaking of kids, HiGASFY is designed for first graders through eighth graders, making it versatile for various age groups and easily used by a single student or a group.
An Engaging Storyteller
Miss Beth, the star of every episode, brings the art and history to life. She interacts with Gasfy, a charming paint drop character, to make the learning experience not just educational but also entertaining. I appreciate that they don’t dumb down the content for children, fostering a genuine understanding of art history.
I’m grateful to Timberdoodle for including HiGASFY in their curriculum kits. It’s a smart move because these programs are a valuable addition to any homeschool, offering a unique blend of education and enjoyment. It also gives families the chance to explore art history without an additional purchase.
Inside a HiGASFY Episode
Now, let me give you a sneak peek inside one of the episodes. For instance, in the Baroque series, students explore why Protestants disliked art commissioned by the Catholic Church. It sparks meaningful discussions about religion, art, and historical context. The lesson plans include drawing, painting, writing prompts, science connections, and even geography prompts.
I want to address a crucial point for parents – HiGASFY is designed for homeschoolers and does touch on religious themes, especially during art movements tied to the church. Nudity has been censored in the Renaissance series, showing consideration for varying comfort levels. For all you prudies, they censor the nudies!
HiGASFY has been a game-changer in our homeschooling journey. It’s a program that not only educates but also inspires a genuine love for art and history. I hope this glimpse into our experience with HiGASFY has sparked your interest. If you’re already using it or considering it, share your thoughts in the comments below. And, of course, don’t forget to check out Timberdoodle for all your homeschooling needs. Until next time, let’s keep making everyday magic in our homeschooling adventure!