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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