Art in History is a company dedicated to hands-on education, giving kids an opportunity to study history through the process of recreating a historical artifact.
They provide quality, all-in-one projects that focus on World History and US History.
*I was given a free Art in History kit for my honest review and also received compensation for my time. All opinions expressed are based on my own experience. I was not required to give a positive review. My full disclosure is here.
We are currently studying the 1700s in school, so when I learned about this company, I knew immediately that I wanted to add the American Revolution Colonial Teapot to our lessons.
Why we LOVED our Art in History Art Kit
Although there are many craft projects available for history, I have not found many art projects, especially historically accurate ones. That is why I immediately fell in love with these self-contained kits from Art in History. They are perfect for my history loving, art inclined daughter.
Abigail was excited about the fact that she was creating something that would have been used in Colonial days, a historical replica. She worked hard to copy the motif and went back after she penciled it in to check it against the supplied patterns and made adjustments where she needed to.
Did you read that? Supplied patterns. In color. That meant Abigail wasn’t stuck for design ideas and was able to feel successful with what she created.
Also, by including a variety of patterns and painting instructions, kids who are not as strong in art can complete one of these kits, which is a huge bonus!
I loved that this was a detailed project that inspired my daughter to take her time. Too many art and craft activities are simple for her, so she often rushes through. However, because she considered this an important artifact, she took her time.
In fact, she completed the drawing and painting over a couple of days because she didn’t want to feel rushed.
A Complete Educational Project
When you purchase a an Art in History kit, you receive everything you need to complete your art project, INCLUDING detailed lesson plans related to the time period that your item originated from, as well as information on the replica itself.
For example, I was able to download teaching points on the American Revolution and reasons why the teapot and its pattern was a part of history. This saved me a TON of research time, which I greatly appreciated.
Whenever possible, I like to link tangible items to historical events. What better way to launch into a discussion about the Revolutionary War than with a Colonial teapot?
While Abigail worked on the teapot, I asked both girls why they thought this piece was included.
We had been studying the 13 Colonies and my kids have always been fascinated by the Boston Tea Party, so we had quite an interesting conversation about tea and its role in the American Revolution.
Both girls were chanting, “no taxation without representation!”
I read the enclosed lesson plan aloud to the girls while regularly interjecting questions to make sure they were paying attention and understood the key points. I really enjoyed the fact that all of the laws, or acts, that the British Parliament passed were listed and explained.
This is definitely a handy resource.
The American Revolution Colonial Teapot kit includes:
- teapot replica
- paint brush
- disposable paint pallets
- paint – historically appropriate colors
- FREE lesson download including the history of the artifact, the time period, full-color map, designs & motifs, and step-by-step decorating instructions.
Other things to know about the Craft Kits
- They are geared toward kids in grades 3 to 12.
- Each one retails for $9.95 plus shipping.
- Art in History offers bulk discounts for orders of 18+ of a specific item, making it perfect for schools and homeschool co-ops.
- You can order the craft paints separately. All paint is child-safe, has no odor, is non-toxic, and conforms to ASTM D-4236 safety standards. The acrylic paints are conveniently packaged in 2 oz. bottles and can be used on bisque, wood, metal, plastic, and other general craft projects.
I cannot express enough how amazing Art in History’s historical kits are for kids to complete. My daughter has been asking for more ever since she finished the teapot. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from.