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The Master and His Apprentices is designed for you to easily and effectively teach a high school level art history class. The curriculum is…

  • The Master and His Apprentices Print and Digital VersionsWorth 1 full elective credit
  • Written from a biblical perspective
  • Combinable with other classes or for standalone use
  • Free of nudity and other objectionable material
  • A memorable “visual” timeline of biblical and world events
  • Developed with limited homeschool/private school budgets in mind  (digital options available)


A companion teacher guide, with student worksheets and exams, is also available.  Please click here for more information on all of your options.


This high school course covers art history from Creation through to the present. Nevertheless, this is not an all-inclusive art history course  (for example, modern art and non-Western art are only briefly reviewed in chapters 18 and 19.)


A Brief Summary of the Art History Periods Covered:


Example of Aegean Art History Period   Introduction to Art (Chapter 1) and Creation (Chapter 2) introduce students to THE Master artist and create a biblical framework from which to view art.

Ancient Near East (Chapter 3) covers Mesopotamian works from the Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, etc.  Examples of individual works include ziggurats, The Law Code of Hammurabi and the Ishtar Gate.

Egyptian (Chapter 4) features everything from mummification and canopic jars to pyramid and pylon temple construction. Some of the pharaohs covered include Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses II.

Aegean (Chapter 5) includes works by the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations ranging from Cycladic figures to the Mask of Agamemnon.

Early Greek (Chapter 6) is divided into major categories like pottery, sculpture and architecture highlighting everything from the Winged Nike to different column capitals.

 Example from Art History Gothic Period    Etruscan (Chapter 7) focuses on Etruscan sculpture ranging from the Wounded Chimera to Sarcophagi of the Spouses.

Roman (Chapter 8) includes famous historical landmarks like the Colosseum, Pantheon and Trajan’s Column.

Early Christian & Byzantine (Chapter 9) features a variety of early Christian works like catacomb paintings and Byzantine works like the Ravenna Mosaics.

Medieval & Islamic (Chapter 10) showcases a variety of pieces ranging from rune stones and crosses to the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Romanesque (Chapter 11) covers reliquary statues, pilgrimages and church architecture ranging from the Pisa Complex to stave church designs.

 Example from Art History Proto-Renaissance Period   Gothic (Chapter 12) highlights a number of cathedrals beginning with Abbot Suger and St. Denis, including Notre-Dame de Paris and Chartres Cathedral.

Proto-Renaissance (Chapter 13) features a number of defining artists such as Giotto, Lorenzetti and the Limbourg brothers.

Early Italian Renaissance (Chapter 14) focuses on almost a dozen different artists including Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli and Bellini.

High Italian Renaissance (Chapter 15) features some of the most famous names in art history such as Leonardo, Raphael and Titian.

Northern Renaissance (Chapter 16) covers a number of highly skilled northern painters such as van Eyck, Durer and Holbein.

 Example from Art History Gothic Period   Baroque (Chapter 17) features a host of defining artists from across Europe such as Caravaggio, Valesquez, Rembrandt and Vermeer, among others.

Rococo to Today (Chapter 18) provides a brief review of works produced from the 1700s on, including styles like impressionism, cubism and modernism.

Global Highlights (Chapter 19) gives a brief review of non-Western works from around the world ranging from antiquity to today.

The Appendix includes a wealth of additional information, such as extra in-depth essays, a “travel guide” outlining the location of all pieces/places covered in the book, as well as a complete wall-length timeline and much more!


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