Renaissance Art Teacher Resources
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Students design a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their understanding of portraiture art. In this art history lesson, students gather information of portraits through history and discuss the artistic techniques used by making a multimedia presentation.
Visual Arts Sculpture, wood art,
Explore the development of wood art. In this art history lesson, young scholars study the art work of Gary Stevens. They describe, analyze, and derive meaning from the art they see. They then write a theory about the artist's purpose for the work of art and support their answer with reasonable personal opinions.
Florence and the Renaissance: Art, Architecture and Politics
Young scholars, in groups, prepare a presentation using slides or other visual media, on art, architecture, government, religion, economics and geography of the Florentine Renaissance. Working as an individual, prepare a two to four page paper or brief presentation which answers or gives an opinion on one of the questions posed in the WebQuest.
Students discover the Harlem Renaissance. In this early 20th century lesson, students use various primary sources including handouts, worksheets, maps, music, and poetry to examine aspects of African American culture. Students will engage in a series of activities geared at answering the days 'Big Idea'. This lesson includes web resources, assessments, a 5 station activity, and worksheets.
Interpreting Works of Art:The Compare and Contrast Method
Through analyzing two Renaissance works of art, have your class describe elements and principles, subject matter, history and medium. They use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of the works of art. This is a motivating way to explore these topics.
What is Art?
Students become familiar with the art and architecture and history of the Chicago World's Fair. In this public arts project lesson, students compare and contrast fine art and public art through a study of the exhibits at the Chicago World's Fair. Students examine and discuss neoclassical design and modernist design. Students complete worksheets after examining pictures.
Every Picture Tells a Story
Students examine the role of the visual arts in relaying information about the values, beliefs, and everyday life of a society at a particular period of time, focusing specifically on artwork from the Renaissance period.
Eighth graders use modern materials and technology to create a modern portrait modeled after a Renaissance picture.
Coil Vessels with Symbols
Eighth graders explore symbolism in Renaissance art, use ceramics vocabulary, and demonstrate craftsmanship in working with clay.
Look Before You Think: How To Appreciate a Painting
Students develop an elementary understanding of the history of art. They study the basic elements of a painting including perspective, composition, color, light and symbolism. They look at each selected painting and analyze it, moving from first impressions to a more detailed examination. to
All About The Attributes
Students investigate Zenale's painting Madonna and Child. In this art attributes lesson, students study the elements of the Madonna and Child painting and understand its meaning to the Catholic faith. Students then create a painting that represents their class.
Texture Hunts and More: Madonna and Child with Saints
Young scholars investigate different painting techniques by studying classic works of art. In this art history lesson, students observe the famous Madonna and Child with Saints painting and describe the texture and images they notice. Young scholars create their own texture collage using fabrics and materials brought by the teacher.
All About the Attributes
Students look for visual attributes in art. In this art history lesson, students look at different visual attributes and guess at the character they represent. They look at the painting Madonna and Child with Saints by Bernardo Zenale and find the visual attributes he created.
Madonna of the Chair by Raphael Sanzio
Introduce the art and sensibility of the Italian Rennaissance with a look at Madonna of the Chair by Raphael. Third graders will discuss their observations of the piece, and then create art inspired by Raphael. There are eight engaging activities that require learners to draw, paint, and write like the masters. Note: Because the painting is religious in nature it may not be appropriate for all school settings.
The Pietá by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Why is arts education so important? It builds critical thinking, analysis and creative problem-solving skills. Learners review the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, and then analyze his piece, The Pieta. After that, they'll sculpt a human figure from three different perspectives to better understand shifts in light and scale in art composition.
Fifth graders examine the rise of the Renaissance and the contributions and roles of various groups such as ancient Greeks, Muslim scholars, the aristocracy, the Catholic Church, and tradesmen. They develop and write a report on a Renaissance figure.
Diego Rivera: Masterworks from the Museo de Arte del Estado de Veracruz
Being inspired by the art of Diego Rivera, young artists use fresco techniques to create art as a group. They research Rivera's life and art, then get into small groups to use wet plaster and acrylics to experience fresco painting. Multiple web links and helpful book suggestions are included.
Chapter 1 Lesson 2: The Northern Renaissance
Here are five short-answer questions that are intended to accompany a textbook reading. Pupils focus on the beginning of the Northern Renaissance, art, humanism, and book printing. The last question focuses on a section in a specific text, but could be used with any reading passage.
Identifying the Social and Cultural Context of a Period - The New Negro and the Harlem Renaissance
Students explore the social and cultural context of the Harlem Renaissance. Students take notes on post-it notes while watching videos about the Harlem Renaissance. Students define words used to describe African Americans during the nineteenth century and the Renaissance. Students complete topic-related handouts and write an essay for the lesson.
Art History Timeline and Lessons
Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.