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.
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:
8.5 x 11 paper
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.
Also, look at this amazing artwork from Tolkien illustrator Benjamin Harff!
Once you’ve explored some illuminated manuscripts, let’s get drawing! Follow along on the video to create your own illuminated letter.