Mealtime Monet- Illuminated Letter

Today we will create our own drawing inspired by Medieval art history.  As we learn about historical figures of the Middle Ages in class, seeing art from this time gives us a fuller understanding of the period.

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Illuminated manuscripts are just one many art forms from the Middle Ages.  They were created by monks, written and colored entirely by hand, and took years to complete.  The drawings are fanciful and beautiful.  Monks created the manuscripts on vellum (animal skin), painted them with pigments, and embellished them with silver and gold.

For today’s project you will need the following:


Materials

8.5 x 11 paper

pencil

ruler

paints or colored pencils

optional: gold or silver marker or paint


First, let’s look at some illuminated letters.  On this Pinterest page you will find a variety of examples.  Some are from the Medieval Period and some are modern.

https://www.pinterest.com/doveandquail/illuminated-letters/

Also, look at this amazing artwork from Tolkien illustrator Benjamin Harff!

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/902-Benjamin-Harff-Interview-Edel-Silmarillion.php

 

Once you’ve explored some illuminated manuscripts, let’s get drawing!  Follow along on the video to create your own illuminated letter.

Mealtime Monet- Shooting Stars in Perspective

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I’ve greatly enjoyed learning about astronomy during Cycle 2.  As I say almost every week, I am re-gaining my education by being a part of CC!   As an nod to Cycle 2’s outer space facts (and my six-year-old son’s new-found love of drawing stars) this art project combines celestial bodies with one-point perspective.

Perspective drawing creates depth, as if some things are far away and some are near.  Today’s drawing is of “shooting stars”.  The stars will appear close to us, as if shooting forward from deep in space.

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Mealtime Monet- Abstract Autumn Leaves

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Autumn is here, and I am already mulching and raking leaves like crazy.  Though this project won’t solve the entire problem, it will get your kids to pick up three our four leaves from your yard.

“Abstract Fall Leaves” combines the idea of abstract art from week 4 with the warm/cool color scheme.  For this project, kids will design a balanced composition and begin to understand the color wheel.  Let’s take a look:

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What is Mealtime Monets?

What is “Mealtime Monets”?  It is the thing that will save your sanity!!!  Ok, I like to exaggerate, but still… it is a tool that will give you free time while your children practice real art skills that relate to Classical Conversations or drawing in general.  I’m calling it “Mealtime Monets” because dinner prep is the time I find I need a bit of space, yet my children (and dog) like to be stealthily right behind me every time I walk to the sink so that I trip over them as I back up.  Or they ask to help make dinner as I’m in a whirlwind panic of pulling the baked chicken out of the oven as I remember that I forgot to make the rice (again).  I do love having my children cook with me, and we do this often, but there are some nights that I’d like to have them occupied while I’m working on it.  And when I realize I’ve screamed “Just go play OUTSIDE!” four times, I need to find an alternative for them to do.

Mealtime Monets are helpful because your kids can sit at the kitchen table and work on the projects while you’re near them in the kitchen.  They like this, of course.  Even if you don’t use the projects near dinner time, they are a good way of keeping kids occupied and engaged in something meaningful while you do something else (like work on math with another kid.  Or have some time by yourself).  They use simple materials and little prep time.  Perfect.