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Lesson Plans

Medieval?Renaissance lessons

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Sun, 8 Sep 1996 10:40:50 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Lisa,
Our culminating project for the Medieval period is to create an illuminated
letter. If time allowed, I would probably have a go at calligraphy in
general, but we focus on one letter from any appropriate alphabet. (I've
had kids use Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, etc.) If the child wants to use two
letters or a very short word, that's okay, but the assignment is to create a
single illuminated letter. We use 11 x 14 parchment paper and tempera,
including gold, and the kids love it. Because of the extremely wide variety
of styles in Medieval manuscripts, virtually everybody can find an approach
which suits them. I have done this with fourth and fifth graders. The
music teacher has the kids create an illuminated song manuscript in the
Medieval style for her Medieval/Renaissance unit. For Renaissance art, our
culminating activity is learning to draw in correct linear and circular
Good luck - knowing this group, you'll get a zillion great ideas.

Eileen Prince
Sycamore School