3 class periods of 45 minutes each
The students will become familiar with Renaissance artists, their work, and their value of their contributions through a series of acivities and notes.
paper, tape, colored pencils or crayons, bubble gum
Students must realize that they are no longer in the Middle Ages and have moved into modern times when beauty and thinking were stressed.
The students will be able to recognize art and their respective creators when this unit is completed.
Students tape a piece of paper to the bottom of their desks and, while lying down on their backs, drawing the best picture they can in 10 minutes. They should draw a picture they would see inside a church.
Notes the students will need:
Medici family - ruled Florence, Italy (where the Renaissance began). They encouraged people to get involved in the education and the arts.
These are the artists and their works with whom the students should be familiar. Examples of the works should be obtained from other sources (books, internet, etc.) to show to the students. (Numbers indicate activities or projects listed below).
Renaissance inventions. Give students this list of inventions and have them choose one to research. Clocks, painting, eyeglasses, lenses, musket, rudder, wallpaper, flushing toilet, watch, thermometer, adding machine, barometer.
After researching a Renaissance artist, the advanced students may write an interview of the artist detailing his work and his influence on the world. Futhermore, advanced students, could create their own invention and explain how it would have improved life in the Renaissance.
A matching quiz on the artists. Essay explaining how the Renaissance changed world history.
LARSEN, LINDA J. THEMATIC UNIT RENAISSANCE (TEACHER CREATED MATERIALS, )