These lessons about illuminated manuscripts were designed for elementary and secondary teachers and include related visual arts and language arts content standards. In the Image Bank you will find additional suggested questions and activities for use with the images that can be adapted to different grade levels and particular classrooms.
Looking at Illuminated Manuscripts: Exploring an Illuminated Manuscript Page Grades/Level: Upper Elementary (3–5), Middle School (6–8), High School (9–12) Subjects: Visual Arts Lesson Overview: The books that were created in the medieval period are the forerunners of modern printed books and have many of the same components. Use the image Initial A: Two Men before a King and a Man Speaking to a Family to learn about the different elements of a manuscript page and as a way of beginning to explore and create illuminated manuscripts with your class.
Looking at Illuminated Manuscripts: Illuminating Fables Grades/Level: Lower Elementary (K–2) Subjects: Visual Arts, English—Language Arts Lesson Overview: Students will examine a manuscript page from a Flemish bestiary and discuss how it was used to teach ideas about Christianity. Students will then compare the stories from the bestiary to the fables of Aesop, and culminate with the creation of their own manuscript based on a fable by Aesop.