Our first artists is Giotto. We learned that Renaissance Art is mostly Biblical scenes.
Discuss: Giotto de Bondone (1266-1337) is from Florence, Italy during the Renaissance period. Find Florence, Italy on the map. When he was a boy he watched his father’s sheep in the fields. It got lonely so he started drawing on the rocks. When he was older he started painting frescoes in the churches. He is known for adding depth and expression to paintings.
Artist Journal: Print out a work of art for the artist and glue it in the book. Write the title of the work of art and the name of the artist. Write the years of the artist’s life and what type of art he did. Giotto painted religious scenes and added expression to people’s faces. Draw a picture of a religious scene and add expression to the faces. Are the people happy, excited, sad, angry? Give your drawing a title.
Read: pg. 12 in Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga
Discuss: Giotto’s mixed colored clay, minerals or berries with egg yolks to make his paints.
- Colored Chalk
- Zip Lock Bag
- Small Containers
- Put the chalk into a ziplock bag (double bag it). Use just one color per bag.
- Lay the bag on the ground and hammer the chalk into powder.
- Put the colored powder into different small containers.
- Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the egg white.
- Put the yolk in a clean bowl and mix it with 2 teaspoons of water. Whip it with a fork until the mixture is foamy yellow.
- Add a spoonfull of egg mix to the colored power and stir with a paintbrush until it is smooth and runny paint.
- Paint a picture with the egg paint.
Renaissance Artists Unit Study