Renaissance Art Teacher Resources
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The Body Talks
Students examine the gestures of human subjects represented in Mannerist, Baroque and Renaissance paintings. They play charades and attempt to match dialogue with body language. They create a drawing that includes gestures.
Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism
Students study the significance of flowers in art from two periods. In this Medieval and Renaissance art activity, students research the presence and meaning of botanical illustrations in twelfth, thirtieth, and fourteenth century paintings. Students discuss Mary Gardens and create their own group of botanical impressionistic art.
Renaissance Art Exhibit
Students examine the attributes of Renaissance art. In this Renaissance lesson, students create PowerPoint presentations that feature the ideals and achievement of the time period.
Ambassadors of Art
Have your class create their own art exhibit. Learners study the exchange of artwork between the Louvre in Paris and two American art museums, and create an introductory exhibit featuring European and American art from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Before embarking on this lesson, check the materials list to make sure you are prepared.
15th Century Northern Renaissance Art
Build a better understanding of art history, artistic symbolism, and visual literacy for the art produced in Northern Italy during the fifteenth century. These slides contain notes, information, and a full analysis of paintings composed by greats like, Van Eyck, Van Der Wyden, Van Der Goes, and Campin. An excellent resource.
New! Renaissance and Reformation Chapter Review
Review key terms, vocabulary, sequence of events, and themes from the Renaissance and Reformation with this textbook chapter review. While designed by a publisher for a particular text, this resource can be incorporated into any classroom as a general assessment or review of main ideas and concepts.
Distorting Madonna in Medieval Art
Why was the prominent figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in medieval paintings commonly painted out of proportion? Discover the deep religious roots connected to European medieval art beginning in the sixth century. This video offers a brief, yet fascinating, look into the draw of Christianity at the fall of Rome, and the consequential transition away from a focus on physical beauty toward a more permanent, metaphysical beauty.
The Harlem Renaissance
Beauty, art, and truth is the creed of the poet, and the Harlem Renaissance was all of those things. Discover the reasons for the great migration north, the poets, musicians, and artists that were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Slides contain images and great information on many influential people of the time, as well as their contributions to modern American culture.
Ahhh the vanishing point! Sounds ominous, but it's not. Fifth graders analyze the use of perspective in Renaissance art. They practice using linear perspective to draw railroad tracks that seem to go on forever. Tip: Make this lesson as much about math as it is about art by discussing the measurement, angles, lines, and shapes used to create linear perspective.
How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change
"Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities re-think themselves?" Watch as curator Thelma Golden re-imagines the museum as a think tank and explores the capacity of artists to understand and re-write history. While the speaker expresses a particular focus on on Black artists, a primary theme of her presentation is how art can change the way we think about culture and ourselves.
Middle Ages/Renaissance Art Auction
In this visual arts worksheet, students identify the characteristics of art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students then use the provided template to participate in an art auction simulation.
Allegory: A Language Beyond Words: Meanings of Emblems/Symbols/Attributes: Iconography in Baroque/Renaissance Art and Sculpture
Students explore the various emblems, symbols, and attributes in the Renaissance and Baroque art periods. In this art language lesson, students discuss and pronounce vocabulary words. Students read a French song and listen to music from Ratatouille with students identifying symbols in it. Students explore the life and art of Laurent de la Hure and analyze his "Allegory of Arithmetic." Students create an expressive work of art using symbols.
How Art Can Help You Analyze
"Close study of art can train viewers to study thoroughly, analyze the elements, observe, articulate them succinctly, and formulate questions to address the seeming inconsistencies." Show your young learners how the study of art enhances one's perception and communication abilities. Watch as educator Amy E. Herman walks you through a close review of Rene Magritte's Time Transfixed and exemplifies her use of critical thinking and analytic skills. This is an excellent resource to use at the beginning an art class or at the start of a unit on art analysis.
The Harlem Renaissance Births a Black Culture
Learners examine the men and women who were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Individually, they recreate their favorite pieces of art from the time period and create their own original works after reading poem from the movement. In groups, they discuss the conditions of Harlem that made it possible for the Harlem Renaissance to occur.
The Harlem Renaissance: Black American Traditions
Students examine the time period of the Harlem Renaissance. As a class, they are introduced to five artists and discuss their art and techniques. Using the internet, they also research the philosophers of the time period and how situations were different after the movement. To end the lesson, they create their own artwork based on the techniques of the five artists examined at the beginning of the lesson.
Uncovering Renaissance Secrets
Students explore Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop and get a glimpse into what it was like to live like an artist in the Renaissance. They discover how other aspects of civilization evolved during the Renaissance and why.
Are You an Art Sleuth?
Guide your class on an art adventure sharping with them the changes reflected in Renaissance art. Students will use a T-Graph and a Venn Diagram to compare what they notice in art from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They will note changes, similarities/differences, and characteristics. They discuss how societal changes are reflected in the art.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder Northern Renaissance
Take a quick trip through the art that defined the Northern Renaissance. Focused on the art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, this presentation shows his work and analyzes it in terms of social and historical context. Tip: This would be a good resource to use at an independent work station.
Interpreting Selected Works of Art from the 20th Century African-American Experience
Students examine pieces of art by African-American artists in the 20th Century. For each piece, they are shown slides of the artwork and others by the artist to identify the techniques used. In groups, they discuss and research the time period in which the art was produced to end the lesson.
The Northern Renaissance
Differentiating between Northen European art and Italian art, these slides detail the intricacies of art during the Renaissance. Flemish, French, German, and English art, as well as the art of the "Low Countries" (Austria, Spain, and Greece) are featured in rich, brilliant colors. This walk through a virtual museum will leave your class spellbound and inspired.