Being a lover of art, I was exciting to review The Master and His Apprentice: Art History from a Christian Perspective from The Master and His Apprentice.
Deciding to do five lessons and write my review, my plans changed when I fell in love with the textbook and read almost all of it. I'm still reading and plan on finishing it.
Wow! The Master and His Apprentice is awesome! Readable, engaging, and full of information and insight I have never heard before.
By the time I finished reading the introduction, I was already planning a homeschool co-op class using the curriculum.
You see, the book jumps right into how we are made in the image of the most amazing, magnificent, glorious Creator that ever existed! We see His artwork all around us! We drink in His beauty, glory, and splendor. We create art because we are made in His image! Wow! I'm excited!
I used this course myself and plan to teach it as a homeschool co-op course in the future, so I went through it as a student, but also looking to use the material to teach others.
Since I got an E-version of the textbook, I had to read it online. I put a copy on my desktop and my laptop so I could read it at home and when I was away from home.
I read each chapter and answered the questions from the teacher's guide. Some of the questions made me really think!
I enjoyed every page I read. I learned so much that I didn't know before and I love, love, love history so I have researched art and architecture quite a bit.
My favorite part of the book was learning about early church art and the difference between West Roman and East Roman churches. Since I love sightseeing, especially visiting churches and museum, I logged hours visiting churches in American and other countries. I wish I would have read that chapter before I went to Italy!
Another part I really loved was the chapter where they discussed the Tabernacle. That is a a fascinating study for me no matter what the perspective, but to look at it from an art history perspective was exciting!
What I loved most about The Master and His Apprentice was the Christ-centered approach to learning about Art History and the focus on God as an Artist. I was practically jumping for joy to find an art history textbook that is excellent, honoring to Christ, and uses a young-earth timeline. This will be a valuable resource in our homeschool library, as well as part of many homeschool courses in the future. So glad I found The Master and His Apprentice.
Though using the E-book was easy, I think I will buy a print copy. I want to hold it!
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I hope The Master and His Apprentice comes out with more art history curricula in the future.
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!
For His Glory,