Using Art For a Hands-on History Education {& Giveaway}

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Art in History Review :: So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?

Art in History

Art in History is a phenomenal new company that has cleverly put together hands-on, brain-based art kits to compliment teaching history. These hands-on art kits enhance your students understanding of a particular time period in history through pottery. On their FAQ page, The Art in History website explains why they have chosen pottery as the primary art medium:

Throughout history archaeologists have used pottery as a basis for dating the civilization and culture of the discovered site. Pottery had a utilitarian use and represented a prized possession used in everyday life. The face of the pottery was like a canvas in which the potters used to express themselves. Therefore the motifs represented the events of the day usually depicting politics, religion, the environment, and the day-to-day life of the time period.

What a clever way to uncover what the people of each time period in history were going through as a culture. I know this perspective had our 12-year-old, 8th grade daughter intrigued well before our kit arrived!

Early American Sugar Bowl Art Kit

For our review we chose the Early American Sugar Bowl. This project fit in perfectly for our daughter’s current study of the Moravian Potters. Because we just came back to the US from living in Germany for 3 years, this piece was of particular interest to our daughter. The kit comes with a sugar bowl, lid, paint set, paint brush, sponge, and two plates for the paint.

Hands on Learning

early American sugar bowl

The art kit also came with a basic lesson plan that included some American history from the time period of 1800-1805. It also gave a historical background about the early American sugar bowl as well as sample motifs of finished bowls. The lesson was concluded with step-by-step painting instructions.

A Kinesthetic Learner’s Dream

This project is a great way for hands-on, kinesthetic learners to be able to express what they have learned about through art. While our daughter can learn through a variety of ways, I have found that when it comes to art combined with history, what she learns sticks better when she does a hands-on art project. Needless to say, this project really melded her love for history and art all-in-one making it a dream project for her. She is looking forward to doing more of these projects down the road.


paint lid




art history collage

Even More Reasons We Recommend Art in History

  1. The project is not a “quick” filler – it is a quality project that takes time to complete. This was a surprise blessing to us. The project took time and careful skill to execute. The project also gave our daughter a lot of rabbit trails to follow up on with the provided basic lesson plan.
  2. It is a budget-friendly addition to your homeschool.  At just $9.95 (+ s/h) per set, these are a very economical.
  3. Historically accurate replica artifacts. The more research we did, the more we saw how accurate the replicas are. Art in History has done a phenomenal job in re-creating this historical artifacts in their art kits.
  4. There are a large variety of projects to choose from: World History and US History.

Purchase an Art in History Project (+ Discount)

Be sure to head on over to Art in History to purchase one of their many projects. You can choose from several different artifacts from both World History and US History.

SAVE 10% off all orders over $100 dollars. Enter coupon code: HOMESCHOOL10 upon checkout. Valid through 11/30/13.

In addition to the kits, AIH is now selling their craft paint as well. AIH is happy to announce that they have created a paint line to meet the specific needs of the craft industry and the classroom. Their 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. Their all-purpose paints can be used on bisque, wood, metal, plastic, and other general craft projects. You can purchase those here.

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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Enter to Win Your Own AIH Kit!

  • 1  winner will receive an art kit of their choice ($9.95 value, plus S/H).
  • Winner may choose from any World History or US History project.
  • Winner must respond within 48 hours of email notification, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner must have a US mailing address.
  • 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).

PLUS each winner from the 10 blogs 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!

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  1. Carlie I LOVE your pictures for this review!!! I’ve been working on the Colonial Teapot with my daughter and I clearly see the process for the Art in History projects through your photos. I’ve pinned this on my Early Modern History board and shared on Google+.

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