What's the Big Deal about Art History?

By studying art history, we open the eyes of our students to “see” art. We teach them to analyze, to evaluate, to understand and to create.

Throughout the ages, artists have been encouraged to copy the masters and their masterpieces. This was to not squelch the artist’s own creative prowess but to teach them the lessons necessary to be an effective artist. By studying art masters, students were encouraged to not just look at a masterpiece but to “see” the masterpiece. The student had to examine the artwork. They had to reason through how the art master placed the paint on the canvas or positioned the chisel. The student had to critically think about mediums, instruments, composition and content. Once the student had worked through the “whys” and “hows”, they could begin the task of copying that master. Through trial and error, the student learned how to control their instruments. They learned color mixology. They learned about perspective, composition, balance and movement. The elements of art and the principles of design became second nature to them. In time, the student would synthesize these practices into their own unique style.

Every child has unique talents and gifts. Some students lean more toward the right hemisphere of thinking. Some lean to the left. Regardless of which part of the brain your child gravitates to, they all can appreciate art. The study of art history is an exciting way to tap into a child’s creative ability using their specific gifting.

HiGASFY Video Series is entertaining, educational and EASY! Everyone likes a good story. With Mrs. Beth’s creative storytelling and Gasfy’s silly antics, students will know the stories of past artists to begin making their own story as future artists.