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Lesson Plans

Renaissance art

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menichino (menichino)
Sat, 20 Mar 1999 17:49:20 -0500

Hi Sue --
I do the Renaissance with my 3rd graders, but perhaps these ideas could be
modified up for your level --
They study Michelangelo's sculptures and then carve a relief sculpture into
a slab of pre-poured plaster (styro meat trays). I've found the linozip
cutters carve really well into the slabs. Then when they're done we talk
about and view examples of the shading many Renaissance artists used
(chiaroscuro); I have these great track lishts which I can use occasionally
so we shine the lights down on their carved slabs. They draw the light and
shadow they see by using the following method: Use the side of charcoal to
color in white paper to a medium gray -- may smear for more consistent
tone. Then squint at the carving to see the brightest highlight -- these
will be erased from paper. Darkest shadows are drawn darker with the end
of the charcoal. At the 3rd grade level they're not always breathtaking to
look at the finished product but they really enjoy the process (and THEY
think they look good!) I would imagine at a higher level the results would
be cool. The last thing we do is discuss daVinci and how he was an
inventor who tried to invent a flying machine. I have the kids draw a
drawing for their cumulative file folders "If I Could Fly".
I was thinking of doing something with castles, but there's so many other
things to do too!!
Liz in rural NY


> By the way, any interesting Renaissance lessons out there for Middle
> School?
> Best Wishes, Sue

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