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God and the History of Art
This wonderful new art history curriculum from Barry Stebbing covers the whole history of western art from Ancient Egyptian to American and 20th century art. It is especially wonderful because of its focus on the great Christian artists that other texts leave out, (or if they are mentioned, such as Michelangelo or Rembrandt, they neglect to mention the influence Christianity had on their life and work). But even that is not all. The very first lesson is a sound and godly teaching on dealing with frustration in creating artwork, and the second lesson deals with the Scriptural and historical purpose of art. One tasteful lesson, in the Renaissance section, on dealing with nudity in art is a very big help to Christian homeschoolers struggling with this issue. The curriculum contains hundreds of lessons, and interspersed throughout those on art history are brief drawing, color, perspective, etc. lessons on many of the same topics as those found in Feed My Sheep. As a matter of fact, an excellent grammar stage art education could be had by combining the work in Feed My Sheep and God & the History of Art over the course of the 3rd through 6th grades in the grammar stage. The art reproductions throughout the text are in black and white; the course does come with over 30 color art reprodution postcards to complement the text. There are even some lessons on copying the masterworks! This curriculum is CCH’s top recommendation for a foundational art history course. The other art history books, Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting and The History of Art for Young People can also be used as references for the beautiful color photographs of the artwork or for more detail on specific works. For ages 8 and up. CCH recommends this text throughout the grammar stage so that art history can be integrated with history studies. Younger children in 1st and 2nd grade may need some additional parental assistance with some of the lessons on Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.