Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Both of my kids really enjoy art and have a talent for it.  We love to try out art programs but I also like them to learn about art historyHiGASFY Art History Video Series provided just what we needed.  It looked like a fun way for my youngest to get some knowledge in this area.  This is a digital product and I received a 3-month subscription to their online videos as well as access to their Curriculum Bundle which includes lesson plans, name the artist power point game, and flash cards.  I have access to all four series that include Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist.

This art education program is recommended for grades 1st-8th.  Each series contains 12 video lessons that are approximately 20-30 minutes long and 4 free draw sessions (16 lessons total).  I received links to all the YouTube videos.  In addition to their online subscription service they also offer the program on DVD or flash drive.  The subscription service is more economical and you have access to all of the products. The lesson plans in the Curriculum Bundle are easy to download and print if you like.  You don't have to print it all out and there are web links in the PDF document.  I chose to print mine in black and white and color where appropriate for the color photos.  I then used my binder machine to make a nice booklet.  We played the Name the Artist powerpoint game on the laptop.  I printed out and laminated the flash cards.

77 page Lesson Plan book

Power Point Name the Artist game

Flash cards with answers on back when printed in duplex mode

Mrs. Beth is our teacher and her friend, GASFY is a small green paint drop.  Beth likes to tell stories and she is a wonderful storyteller.  HiGASFY came from an acronym for Have I Got A Story For You.  Beth does a wonderful job using her storytelling talent to share with us about art history.  She is animated and GASFY of course adds to the fun of the story.

There are 16 lessons in each of the four series.  There are 12 videos and 4 free draw sessions in each series.  Each period covers 3 artists each:

  •  The Renaissance period covers Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael
  • The Baroque period covers Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer
  • The Impressionist period covers Monet, Pissarro, and Degas
  • The Post-Impressionist period covers van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso

Sample shot of video lesson
Another video lesson sample showing how Mrs. Beth points out specifics in the artwork

If you covered one lesson per week you would have enough for a full semester in each series.  There are plenty of activities in the lesson plan download from the Curriculum Bundle.  Each lesson lists what video (if it applies) to watch and then reviews the objectives for the lesson.  You can choose which activities you like to complete.  Each lesson also has various sections that might include:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History  

Sample lesson 2

Word searches and crossword puzzles

There is certainly more than enough to fill up a weeks worth of work per each lesson.  With Little Bug we did more simple activities and a lot of verbal work.  It is easy to adapt the material depending on what grades you are teaching.  There are sections that even have more complex suggestions for the older levels.  The videos were a little too long for her attention, but I know she is still learning. We chose to start with the Impressionist period and she is enjoying it.

Little Bug working on the "I Spy" activity in the lesson plan book

I really like the content in this curriculum and I think Mrs. Beth is great at engaging and entertaining the kids as she and HiGASFY teach them about art history.  I am learning a lot too and enjoying it right alongside Little Bug.  The Curriculum Bundle is a wonderful resource.  I highly recommend this curriculum and plan to continue using it past our 3 month subscription.

You can connect with HiGASFY Art History Video Series on FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, YOUTUBE,  and INSTAGRAM.  Please also be sure to click on the graphic link below to see what my fellow Crew Members have to say about this wonderful program that teaches art history for kids.

Have I Got A Story For You Art History Video Series {HiGASFY Art History Video Series Reviews}

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