Making Masterpieces Like Michelangelo!

Every other Tuesday afternoon we are so blessed to have a mom come in to the classroom to act as our "Art Docent." She does different projects with the kids - and teaches them some art history along the way.
For the past couple of sessions, we have been studying four famous Renaissance artists: Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. The students were quick to point out that we were studying...the Ninja Turtles :)

After learning some background information about Michelangelo, we studied his different works. We focused heavily on his work in the Sistine Chapel.

The students marveled at his work:

*Note: the images we showed the students were censored as there is a great deal of nudity in his paintings/statues :)

Then it was time for the students to put on their artistic hats and create a masterpiece, Michelangelo-style!
The students got under their desks, taped paper to the "ceiling," and went to work creating!

They had a blast!

They could either replicate the hands:

a biblical scene:

or, just for fun, the Ninja Turtle, Michelangelo:

It wasn't long before the whining began: their backs hurt, their hands ached, they were getting tired, etc. We then discussed how it took Michelangelo 4 years to complete the Sistine Chapel. That put their complaints into perspective :)

Well, as you can see, we had such a memorable day in art. If you're looking for something fun and engaging to do with your kids in regards to art history, this is definitely a fun activity to try!

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  1. What a great idea! I could see my kiddos doing this. I'm going to have to send this on to our art teacher. They look like they were having a ball.
    Fourth and Goal in Fourth Grade

  2. Wow! What a great activity! Looks like the kids had a blast!

    Keep Calm and Hoot On

  3. Ooooohhh. I love this idea. I think my kids would love being able to draw on the "ceiling". I bet you had a lot of giggling in your room.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learin'

  4. How fun! And, memorable! I bet they'll be asking for a repeat of this lesson! :)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. I have done this activity when studying the Renaissance. This is a great activity to do with the novel From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as well.

    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack


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