There are some art projects, but the real art history and art techniques will come from GatHoA so I would recommend getting it. I like the way the Hazells have sort of rearranged the art lessons to fit in with CtG. So, you do a chunk of GatHoA and then skip to another section, always having it tie in with the other CtG lessons.Elissa Baker wrote:I have been planning ahead for CtG and I am not sure if I should get God and the History of Art or not, since it is listed as optional. My oldest will be 9 when we would start using GatHoA. And my (then 7 year old) daughter would probably want to try too ...
Are there a lot of other art projects (besides those in God/Hist. Art) scheduled in the lesson plans? I would like to hear from anyone who did or did not use it and what your thoughts are.
I like the book but must admit it was a bit over the head of my (at the time) 8 year old. So, I backed off a little. Sometimes I could see that a particular lesson had a certain frustration factor, so I skipped it. However, the lessons did make an impact. Over a year later, she's still making the occasional pyramid maze or Egyptian style picture. I'm looking forward to using it for RtR and beyond.
Some things to consider:
GatHoA is expensive but it's also to last four years. So, instead of it being a $60 book think of it being a $15 per year book. That makes it a little easier to consider.
If you want a different art, remember that you've got four years to cover with art.
If you decide on GatHoA, then I recommend that you try to scrape together the money to purchase a book for EACH student. When each child has a book the art work (at least the stuff you do in the book) stays nice and neat and the student has it all in one place. It's a big purchase, but maybe grandma or grandpa can chip in some birthday money or something.