Wednesday, September 25, 2019

HiGASFY Art History Video Series from HiGASFY Art History Video Series: A TOS Crew Review

HiGASFY Art History Video Series from HiGASFY Art History Video Series

Looking for a way to add some art history into your schoolyear?  HiGASFY Art History Video Series from HiGASFY Art History Video Series offers a easy, memorable way to introduce your 1-8th grade students to several art history eras.

Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist series are all available on DVD, Flash Drive or as an online Subscription.  We have completed the Renaissance series last year, so this time we decided to look at Impressionists with our online subscription.

HiGASFY stands for "Have I Got A Story For You".  Mrs. Beth, the author and storyteller, along with her animated buddy, the paintdrop - Gasfy, introduce you to art history in a fun and memorable way.

Each series has 12 video lessons that explore the major artists and their work during a particular time period.

  • Renaissance Series - daVinci, Raphael, Michelangelo
  • Baroque Series - Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer
  • Impressionist Series - Monet, Pissarro, Degas
  • Post-Impressionist Series - van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso
The videos are about 20 minutes each.  In each video, you join Mrs. Beth in her workshop (I want to visit there!) as she tells you a story about that artist.  In addition, she shows you the actual work of the artist, and interacts with her animated buddy.

The videos are very informative.  We enjoy the storytelling approach much better than reading a textbook!  Along the way, you learn so much about history, science, geography and art.  My testers enjoyed the antics of Gasfy (they are on the older side), but younger children will love him. Mrs. Beth's passion for sharing art comes across loud and clear, her enthusiasm is contagious.  You can pick and choose from the episodes, but you will want to watch them all.

In addition, you have access to online resources.  This includes a Curriculum Bundle with a 1 Week Lesson Plan, Name that Artist PowerPoint, and Printable Art Flash Cards for each Art Era.  By using all of the resources, you have a very comprehensive art history study (with no prep for you!)

Let me show you a few examples of the lesson plans which incorporate hands-on activities, critical thinking, vocabulary, writing, science, group activities and more. Keeping an art journal and portfolio is encouraged, along with free drawing activities and printable activities are included as well, sheets like word finds and crossword puzzles to help cement the vocabulary. I think they are very well though out, and we enjoyed our discussions as we worked through the lessons.

The Name that Artist can be used a review tool or game.  It's a PowerPoint filled with the slides of the art pieces that Mrs. Beth has introduced in the videos.  This is a component you could easily use with older children too, to review the art period together.

The Art Flash Cards can be printed out, and used in a wide variety of ways including printing them, laminating and keeping on a ring for more use.

We were very excited to learn more about Degas.  On our summer trip this year, we got to see some of his work up close in Kansas City.  We were so excited to see the lesson about the statue we saw!

HiGASFY Art History Video Series is a fun, memorable way to learn art history. Be sure to check them out!

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