Hi Marilyn. I have done little frescos with my young students and told them
about Giotto and other italian painters of frescos. I made a gesso mixture
and let it harden in a tray( I forget the name of the material, they use
such trays for meat in the supermarket). Then they painted on the slabs of
gesso with thin tempera colours( you could certainly make egg tempera with
them. Afterwards a put some non shine varnish on them and hung them up for
display where everyone in our school commented on how great they looked.
Hope this helps, regards from the far north Rosa
>I am planning on doing a study of Cimabue and Giotto with the elementary
>kids in November, to tie up with all the news we are hearing every day
>regarding the earthquake in Assisi and the damage that was done there.
>I have plenty of prints and books, and magazines here have all come out
>with color reproduction and articles recently. I also have many
>anecdotes to tell the kids about the relationship between Cimabue and
>his student, Giotto, which they can relate to.....but I need ideas for
>practical projects that would tie in with the lesson.
>Has anyone got any suggestions? Thanks.