Discovering History through Art

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It’s hard for me to fall in love with a lesson plan, curriculum or project kit.  Art in History’s WWII / Holocaust Lesson Plan and Kit provided  a perfect supplement to our current studies, bringing something  beautiful to an otherwise dark time in history. From the moment I opened the box, I couldn’t wait to dive into this project with my daughter!

Please note: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time. All opinions stated here are my own.

Exploring History Through Art

Approaching 20th Century history, specifically WWII and the Holocaust can be  challenging. Where does a parent even begin? And how can the study be more than numbers and statistics? This study focuses on the story and art created by the children of the Terrezin from 1939-1945.  Of the 15,000 children who lived there, fewer than 100 survived. Their painted butterflies, poetry and stories (over 5000 pieces) were hidden by a beloved teacher.

The lesson is carefully crafted and flexible, allowing you as a parent to go as far in depth about the atrocities of the Holocaust as you and your child are comfortable with.

I chose to use this kit with my 13 year-old daughter. Although the art portion of the study could easily be adapted to a younger student, I would recommend caution in presenting this material to a student under 12.

My daughter and I loved this kit for a variety of reasons. First, it’s a complete set. Our kit came with everything we needed right down to high quality paint, brushes and paper to create a mat under the project. Additionally, it came with step by step instructions.

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Butterflies of Terrezin Art History Project

Second, the lesson plan was well organized, gave us plenty of background information and included a historical map of the area we were studying. It was sufficiently in depth, but also provided a jumping off point for further study.

Have a look at her project from start to finish:

Hands-On History Education

Art in History has created a beautiful line of project kits,  providing a memorable hands-on learning opportunity for all ages. My kids have already poured over the catalog and chosen their next projects! They want to try out the African Kuba Mask, the Ancient Greece Drinking Vessel and the American Revolution / Colonial Teapot.

Have a look at their current World History Kits or their US History Kits.

In addition to the kits, you can also purchase their craft paint. AIH recently  announced a new paint line to meet the specific needs of the craft industry and the classroom. Their custom paints are safe, have no odor, and are non-toxic. All acrylic paints are conveniently packaged in 2 oz. bottles. The 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.

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The Small Tortiseshell Butterfly

Art in History Kit Giveaway

One reader will win an art kit  ($9.95 value, plus S/H)!  Winner may choose from any World History  or US History project.

PLUS the winner will 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!

Note: prizes can only be shipped to US & military addresses. Winner will be notified via email and must reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. If you buy a kit now and win the giveaway, Art in History will refund your cost of one project ($9.95 plus S/H.)

Art in History is also offering a Special Discount for my readers: 10% off all orders over $100 dollars. Enter coupon code: HOMESCHOOL10 at checkout. Valid through 11/30/13.

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About Amy Landisman

Professional freelance writer. Homeschool mom of three girls. Introvert and rebel. Life learner. Coffee addict.

  • Melanie Chisnall

    I used to love art history lessons in high school although we never did anything like this. What a great idea to combine the two!

  • Jimmie Lanley

    I really like the hope implicit in this craft. It’s a tough period to tie to a hands-on project, and maybe not even appropriate. But this fits. Thanks for the beautiful images and video that help me see it in action.

  • Anna White

    Wow this looks amazing! My kids are much younger, so I would choose so etching from world history. Off to explore their website!

  • Jennifer

    What a fun and creative way to teach history! No more dull history class!

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