Monday, July 16, 2012

Masterpiece Cards



Masterpiece Cards can be used by anyone. They work great in an Art History school setting, a homeschool setting, or for someone with an interest in art and travel.

Creating an art history class can be daunting, believe me I am having to do it now. We found out recently with our move to KY that my oldest, entering his senior year is required to have an art history course to graduate from our homeschool. The Masterpiece Cards have been a god send to me in my planning and preparing a course to follow for my senior. The set contains 250 cards, probably more than we can utilize in a year, giving us sufficient choice for selecting a diverse group of artists and countries to study in the upcoming year. I am planning on choosing 1 or 2 artists a week to learn more about them and their work. I love that the packet contains artists that I am familiar with as well as those I haven't heard of. I think this will add diversity to my history course when I can draw on the information given in the Masterpiece Cards.

 "We combed through 17,000 pages to discover which famous paintings were discussed most in these art history survey books. Then we asked art history pros to explain the art paintings... and we packed the results onto 250 Cards.
We make it easy for you to decide which images and content are appropriate, to examine these art paintings with your family, and to create an itinerary for art museums in the US and Europe!"


Each 4 by 6 card includes the artist, time period, country, medium used as well as a description of the painting. These are a perfect size to utilize during a lesson. You can lay several out on a table to compare and contrast. Not so easy to do with the life like renditions! You could even organize them by which museum they are currently located in and perhaps organize a field trip. I think we shall go to Rome!!
Masterpiece cards will have so suffice for now. The next best thing to being there.


The collection does include nudity, as there are several famous works with nude people in them. The individual cards are housed in a cardboard box and you can easily remove any cards you do not feel comfortable using. I think it depends on the maturity of the student you are working with.

$81 for a set can be ordered directly from Masterpiece Cards http://www.themasterpiececards.com/to-order-8/

I love the Famous Paintings Revered blog, where they share additional information on artwork and artists! You can subscribe to the blog and not miss anything. You can download a Famous Paintings ebook that opens in a word processor and names and gives the information on each of the cards for reference.

This is indeed a hands on approach to Art History. I love that the kids will be able to get their hands on beautiful replicas of the original artwork and hold it in their hands for critique. It is going to make analyzing and inspecting the work that much more fun for them. Nothing beats the real artwork of course but I am not thinking it is in the budget to fly all over the world in looking at these paintings.


This youtube video shows a CAP AP Art History class and the various ways they utilized the Masterpiece Cards. Some were very creative! I am hoping to implement some into our art history course this coming semester.




I honestly think that the Masterpiece Cards are a great addition to a homeschool family. I know that as the children grow and learn there are times when I wished I had a photo of a painting to show them, and  then have to spend excess time looking for it. These cards will work for all ages of students and you can fit the need around the cards. I am so glad I found these cards in time for my own designs course for the kids. I think they have helped me narrow down the search significantly.

From Susan Benford

Dear Readers,

I am SO grateful for this glowing review and comments from you! Endless thanks, Melanie, for such a thorough examination of Masterpiece Cards.

For your readers, here's a SPECIAL PRICE for the Cards -- 20% for one set, and a crazy 35% for two: http://www.themasterpiececards.com/Special-for-Jubilee-Reviews.

Like summer, it ends just after Labor Day -- so make haste!

Thanks again.

Susan Benford, Publisher


Masterpiece Cards



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6 comments:

  1. Melanie,
    This is an absolute jem!
    I need one just for my brain to keep me sharp and quick on the toes!
    I will check them out for sure!
    Thank you for digging this product out for us!

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  2. These are such a great idea. Love them. I might get myself a box. Thanks for the review.

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  3. Also, I must say, having lived in Kentucky while I was in the Army, I am really surprised that they require any course, let alone something like art history.

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  4. MamaMunky I was a wee bit surprised that KY had an art history High school requirement! I moved from Oh and they didn't. They must love their art down her in the mtns!

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  5. I used to love the MAsterpiece game as a I child, and as an art historian, I think that they really are great for learning about the great painters!

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  6. Dear Readers,

    I am SO grateful for this glowing review and comments from you! Endless thanks, Melanie, for such a thorough examination of Masterpiece Cards.

    For your readers, here's a SPECIAL PRICE for the Cards -- 20% for one set, and a crazy 35% for two: http://www.themasterpiececards.com/Special-for-Jubilee-Reviews.

    Like summer, it ends just after Labor Day -- so make haste!

    Thanks again.

    Susan Benford, Publisher
    Masterpiece Cards

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