HiGASFY Art History Video Series REVIEW

Art was always one of my favorite classes in school. I loved learning all I could about art, in addition to creating art. I can remember being in Kindergarten through 5th grade, sitting in my grade school art class, looking at the paintings and prints that adorned the block walls of the classroom. I will always remember the cornucopia project that the older students always got to do. Oh how I looked forward to that project all through my younger years! I was so excited when my time finally came to do that piece! Often times, we overlook the valuable source of additional educational attributes that art has. HiGASFY Art History Video Series seeks to bridge art appreciation with history. For this review, we received a three-month subscription to HiGASFY Art History Video Series. 

HiGASFY art history videos are intended for students in first through eight grades. The instructor, Mrs. Beth, uses an animated side kick "Gasfy" to introduce students to four different art eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist. Your student will learn about three different, famous artists from each of these eras, and they will be quizzed by an assessment game called "Name that Artist" that is played at the end of each unit series. The subscription also includes downloadable lesson plans and flash cards.  Included within the lesson plans are activities that help to reinforce critical thinking and overall academics such as vocabulary words, writing prompts, geography, history, and even science! 
Our Thoughts

Mr. B finds these videos enjoyable, entertaining, and fun. They are a bit over 20 minutes, but he really seems to like them a lot. He really likes the sidekick Gasfy! I think his favorite part was when Gasfy pretended to eat paint like Vincent van Gogh! Each era comes with a teacher's lesson plan. I used this loosely, without really adhering to it a lot just because Mr. B wanted to do his own thing after the videos, and I wanted him to express his creative side! 

The lesson plans include fun activities that correspond to the lessons. 

The activities are varied through the lessons so your child isn't going to be doing the same thing over and over and over, which is great for kiddos like Mr. B who get bored VERY easily with a product.

I also really enjoy watching the videos and working through the lesson plan activities. I've learned  myself! 

Overall, we both really enjoy this. I like the fact the videos are streamed online, so he doesn't have the chance to doddle off doing something else.I also like the very full and rich Teacher Planner! 

Does HiGASFY Art History Video Series Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

This is an online subscription so you are at the mercy of the subscript.  Other than that, you can move around inside the grade picking and choosing what you want to do. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

It is subscription based. There are no hidden fees, and this is great for multiple ages.  
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

The videos are about 20 +/- in duration. This could be a problem for impatient kiddos. The lessons are varied. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

There are activities for almost every subject.  

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