Today we looked at the art of illumination; popular in the Middle Ages.
I set the stage by letting the girls read this informative booklet online about the history and art of illuminated manuscripts. (Link is a pdf file that opens with Adobe.).
Then as they colored their own illuminated letters, I read to them from Marguerite Makes A Book. I’d forgotten I had this treasure on my bookshelves, so it never made it to the coffee table with the other Middle Ages selections. It turned out well though, because by forgetting it, I was able to bring it out as a surprise!
Kendra’s Coloring (Colored Pencil) of an Illuminated Letter:
Kaira’s Colored Pencil Coloring from the Template:
Kaira’s own freehand illuminated Initial:
Copywork to fit the theme (writing a definition of Illumination):
(Hmmm… I think it is time for me to give Kaira a refresher lesson in how to hold the pen…)
A tip of the hat to Barbara, of A Bit of Bubbly. Her blog post reminded me that I had a copy of the Story Of the World Vol. 2 Activity guide with the template for the illuminated letter!