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Lesson Plans

Medieval Art

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Christina Arndt (carndt)
Sun, 08 Sep 1996 22:07:50 -0500

I do a spin on the gargoyle theme using the book Night of the
Gargoyles by Eve Bunting illustrated by David Wiesner. The book is
quite lyrical and the illustrations done in charcoal are great. This
lesson is part of a unit on Medieval art including many of the
projects others have sent in.
To prepare we do a lesson on Medieval architecture and students work
in groups to create different building facades. I have done this part
in a variety of ways and media. When these are finished I share the
book and students are off to create a gargoyle using charcoal on gray,
white or black paper. We discuss shadow and highlights and how to
make objects look 3-D on a 2-D surface. When finished the gargoyles
are attached to the building facades which line the hallway above the
This year, I am thinking about having a Medieval festival at the
end of the unit. I have not worked out the details yet, but there are
ideas in the December 1994 issue of School Arts and I have ideas
bouncing around my head.

Tina ARndT
Whiteford Elementary
Sylvania City Schools