Are you looking for something fun to add to your history lessons? Something creative, useful, and easy to schedule?
I received this art kit for free and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review. For more information see my full disclosure.
Art In History offers unique art kits that coincide with various historical eras and cultures. Each kit includes the basic supplies needed to complete the project, as well as downloadable instructions and a history lesson.
Interdisciplinary learning for 3rd – 12th graders
Many of you know that we created a custom plan for Raven’s 7th grade year. Using her interests and goals, we formed courses that would count for Jr. High credit and still allow her to work independently at her own pace.
One of the courses she thought up was Art History – Western Civilization. These kits fit in perfectly with that course!
When we were browsing the online catalog and deciding which kit to request for review, I thought about how many different subjects these projects could add to. We chose the Albarello/Apothecary jar from the Renaissance period. These jars were used to hold medicines and spices. This project would be perfect for:
- History – studying the Renaissance and the influence from the Middle East
- Art – ceramics, functional art
- Culture/Humanities – Italy, Spain, the Muslim world
- Science – medicine, food, spices, apothecary
- Literature – tie in with any novel about the Renaissance
I love how the site describes their projects – “CREATE the cultures of the past, and bring them to life in any environment”. With over 30 kits to choose from, you can spice up a variety of topics and let your kids create an artifact of the past!
Renaissance Albarello/Apothecary Jar
Our kit included a ceramic albarello jar, high quality paints, a dabber sponge, paint brush, and a styrofoam plate for a pallette. Also included is a lesson download that has instructions for the project, design motifs, background information, and a full color map!
Although I encouraged her to do something a little more elaborate, Raven chose a simple design. We were both pleased with the result though. At one point, she didn’t understand that there were motifs for the top and middle of the jar, so she had to add a tiny border at the end because her middle took up most of the jar.
We loved the history lesson and followed up by searching out some of the online museums mentioned. This project truly did spark an interest, especially in the way that Islamic art influenced the art of the Renaissance.
What we love about Art In History
We both had so much fun doing this project! Now I wish that I had ordered two more kits when I requested my review kit because Denna and Gaius wanted to join in on the fun. We plan to order the ceremonial tea bowl kits next because Denna is currently studying Japan.
I love that these kits provide something that you can use and display in your home. At only $9,95 a kit plus shipping, we can afford to make some awesome pieces a couple times a year.
Art In History provides quality kits, made in the USA,
that are historically researched.
Here Raven talks about making the kit and what she learned from the project:
In addition to the kits, we are now selling our craft paint as well. AIH is happy to announce that we have created a paint line to meet the specific needs of the craft industry and the classroom. Our custom paints are safe, have no odor, are non-toxic, and conform to ASTM D-4236 safety standards. All acrylic paints are conveniently packaged in 2 oz. bottles. Our all-purpose paints can be used on bisque, wood, metal, plastic, and other general craft projects.
PLEASE NOTE: All historically correct paint colors are included with purchase of Artifact(s). Paint colors may vary depending on monitor variations.
Connect With Art In History and Enter to Win!
You can enter to win the kit of your choice valued at $9.95 (plus shipping)!
Winner must have a US or military address (APO). The giveaway ends 11/13 and the winner will be notified via the email they use in the Rafflecopter widget below. Winner must reply by email within 4 days of being notified in order to receive the prize. After 4 days, a new winner will be chosen.
The winner of this giveaway will also be entered into a grand prize “win for life” drawing. Each child in the winning family will receive one of each project from Art in History! That’s 34 projects, approx. $390 value per child!
My readers can get 10% off all orders over $100 dollars. Enter coupon code: HOMESCHOOL10 upon checkout. Valid through 11/30/13.
If you buy a kit now and win the giveaway, Art in History will refund your cost of one project!