Renaissance Artists Unit Study

We did our Renaissance Artists Unit Study with cousins, so it was even more fun for J.  The ages were Preschool through 2nd grade, but would work better for older ages I think.  We learned about 7 of the more well known Renaissance Artists.

Renaissance Artists Unit Study

Day 1: Giotto

Day 2: Limbourg Brothers

Day 3: Botticellli

Day 4: Da Vinci

Day 5: Raphael

Day 6: Michelangelo

Day 7: Rembrandt

Renaissance Artists Book List

  • Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga
  • Giotto by Mike Venezia
  • The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L’engle
  • The Duke and the Peasant by Sister Wendy Beckett
  • Magic Tree House #38 Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
  • Leonardo’s Horse by Jean Fritz
  • Raphael by Adam G. Klein
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti by Catherine Nichols
  • Rembrandt by Mike Venezia & Rembrandt by Melody S. Mis

Artists Journal

We found some notebooks at Target that had space at the top of each page for a drawing so we turned them into out Artists Journals.Renaissance Art Study (4)

Paint Pallet Cookies


  • Roll of sugar cookie dough
  • Colored Frosting


  1. Take out the roll of sugar cookie dough and cut a slice along the long side.Renaissance Art Study (87)
  2. Gently spread the cut open a bit.
  3. Spray your cookie sheet.
  4. Slice the dough into cookies and place them on a cookie sheet.
  5. With a toothpick make a little hole in each cookie next to the cut.Renaissance Art Study (88)
  6. Bake them according to the directions.
  7. Place little bits of colored frosting around the edge without the hole.Renaissance Art Study (1)