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Lesson Plans

Medieval Art

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Fri, 13 Sep 1996 16:55:15 -0400

Hi Lisa!
I had 6th grade students when studying medieval history,
look at slides of armor. They then drew either a helmet, horse with armor,
dress, or battle armor on a large piece of cardboard.
They then traced their drawing with elmers glue, leaving a
raised beaded lined drawing. They placed these on a shelf to dry. They dry
The next art class they covered the cardboard and drawing
with a heavy tinfoil. They smoothed it out over the drawing so as to see the
lines and flipped it over and taped the tin foil to the back of the
cardboard. The students then took a dull pointed pencil and traced lightly
both sides of the
glue line. This made the embossed appearance of the
armor. The students then were given a small nickle or quarter sized amount
of black tempera paint
to push into the grooves that the pencil had made. They
were also to leave areas with a little black for an antique look. They then
took a damp paper towel and cleaned the area around the outside of the
armoured figure and let the
paint dry. This technique I also use for Celtic coins when I
do a unit on Scottish art culture .
The medieval period is so rich with art crafts. I too, do
banners,tapestries (weaving), Embroidery, Crown jewels,
architecture, I have them look at castles and tutor homes and businesses even
though the Tutor period was not the Medieval time. I have slides of Jousting
matches and have discussions about the games of the knights. They draw in
pen and ink scenes of the games. Dragons, elves, fairies, brownies were
all the popular myths of the times. There are many ways in
which you can inspire a creative painting or drawing of this time.
Children's books they can read are "King Arthur's Court",
The Knights of the Round Table", weaponery can be
They had some interesting weapons. We brainstorm these.
There is a book and a Video called "Castle" by David MacCauley
that is excellent too. Pirates I use as a theme during this time also. I
have students watercolor ships, make jewelry, We create a chest in which to
display the coins and jewelry that the students make. Aluminum foil covering
a cardboard ring can also be colored with permanent marker to made gold
colored or copper colored jewelry. Stick on a few fake jewels and they
become bangle bracelets and rings. We have in our area a recycling area in
which area businesses give large amounts of paper and items like cardboard
rings, wooden pieces, plastic whatevers to. They become wonderful treasures
when used with other materials to made them gems and coins. It is always a
fun place to go to get free stuff to help mend the skimpy budget.

good luck!

Donna Rollins
elementary art ed. K-6