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Description

Students will create contemporary illuminated letters inspired by the Middle Ages. They will create emphasis with dominant typography complemented by balance and color arrangement.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will be introduced to the art of illuminated manuscripts.

Students will apply their knowledge of illuminated letters from religious literature during the Middle Ages.

Students will create contemporary illuminated letters, considering balance and central compositional emphasis.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead students in a discussion about the Middle Ages and the use of illuminated letters.
  • Discuss the element of emphasis and how it applies to illuminated letters.
  • Demonstrate ways to create symmetrical designs using lines of symmetry.
  • Assist students as they collaboratively curate works and write reflections for exhibition.

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National Standards


Create

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Illuminated letter examples
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Popsicle stick
  • Crayons & colored markers
  • 11" x 17" brown kraft paper
  • Metallic tempera paints, paintbrushes, & water cup

National Standards


Create

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

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Steps

Research Artwork

Research artwork from the Middle Ages and religious text. Distinguish ways that artists represent what is important and catch the viewer’s eye.

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Line of Symmetry

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Contemporary Typography

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Illuminated Manuscript

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Reflection

3 2 1 Self Reflection

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