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Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Line, Shape, Color
Art Skills: Drawing
Art History: Medieval and Gothic Altar Triptychs
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A triptych is a work of art divided into 3 pieces. Students will remember the definition simply because you’re giving them candy to draw. This is an excellent lesson to use when introducing the history of religious art. If you prefer to keep candy out of your classroom, you could use a box of crayons (or any boxed supply) as the subject. Have students draw the box of crayons for the 1st drawing, the open box of crayons for the 2nd drawing, and the empty box of crayons for the 3rd. You could also have them use modeling clay as the subject. Have students draw the modeling clay in the package for the 1st drawing, create a sculpture with the clay for the 2nd drawing, and smash the clay for the 3rd drawing. The idea is to show a progression. Options are limitless!
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