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Art of the
Rennaisance Era: Michelangelo
By Michelle Stewart
October 12, 2003
Art History/Art Appreciation can be a
subject that we skirt
around in our homeschooling experience due to fear of our lack of
or resources. I have discovered through
hours and hours of internet exploration that we have a powerful tool at
fingertips that will literally enable even the most
homeschooling mom or dad feel like a pro!
More teaching notes available at the
end of this lesson and the bottom of this page.
Lesson Plan #1
Additional Resources Needed: Dictionary
Assignment #1: Go to the following website:
Define PATRONAGE. How
did patronage impact Michelangelo’s life?
Challenge Question: What do you think was the most difficult circumstance of his youth? Give reasons for your answer.
II. Politics and Art
III. Works of Art
List the ideals that Michelangelo wanted to convey to his countrymen.
1. My co-op class met once a week on Fridays and received their assignments which they were to bring completed to the next class. The students should plan at least three separate sessions on the internet to read through and look at the art, otherwise they will get overwhelmed and discouraged. One parent was going to count this class towards her art requirement for highschool, so I tried to plan that the students spent 4-5 hours per week on assignments. I think it turned out that the hours accumulated at the end of the year added up to 1/2 credit for the student in question.
2. We spent about three months on the Renaissance (because I loved it). If you wanted to make this a series it would probably be as follows:
*lesson on the middle years of Michelangelo's life
*lesson on the later years of Michelangelo's life
*new website to view and evaluate his work in sculpture and painting
*have students write a brief bio - obituary style - have them read from the newspaper so that they can get a feel for picking out important, significant and memorable info
*new website exploring the culture, world events, politics, medicine, etc. of Renaissance
Obviously, this is an overview and pretty open-ended approach. It worked for me in the co-op because I could gauge when the students were ready to move on to something new. When I felt that they were tiring of the Renaissance, we moved on to the Golden Age of Dutch painting which was just as wonderful and rich in its own right.
3. The kids I worked with ranged in age from 4 grade to 8th grade. That was a pretty wide range and the material was often too advanced for the little ones. I usually let them listen and look at the art but didn't hold them accountable for the work. The 7th and 8th graders were able to do the work quite easily.
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