Renaissance Artists (Renaissance for Kids)
Explore the artistic movements of the Renaissance through Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. 106 pgs, pb.
The Renaissance Artists with History Projects for Kids introduces readers ages 10 through 15 to the Italian Renaissance as it was experienced by five of the world’s most renowned artists: Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Kids learn about the biographies of these Renaissance artists through the perspective of three to four major works of art that not only defined that artist’s career but also created a cultural legacy that still resonates in the world today.
Renaissance artists were not working and living in a vacuum! Instead, their work was informed by the cultural, historical, and political contexts of their time. Renaissance artists were required to serve lengthy apprenticeships in the busy studios of master artists, learning to make brushes, grind pigments, make fresh plaster, and draw. Plus, they had to maintain membership in guilds and keep in mind the pleasures and opinions of the wealthy patrons who funded their art. Being an artist involved much more than making art!
Using an inquiry-based approach to learning, each chapter of The Renaissance Artists includes hands-on activities and open-ended assignments that challenge readers to think critically and creatively about the political and social forces in the time of the Renaissance and today. Get a hands-on experience of the tools of the trade of a Renaissance artist and draw with charcoal, make egg tempera, paint on a ceiling (under a table lined with paper!), experiment with linear perspective, make oil paints, try your hand at portraiture, and more. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance.
Become a real Renaissance Man (or Woman) and study the defining names of the era! Each book takes five of the most influential names from the Renaissance period and explores each one through a few of their greatest contributions. What did the person behind the term “Machievellianism” do to get such a nasty reputation? Just how was the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore finally completed? Who were the rebellious personalities behind the “modern” art of the Renaissance who shook the world? Find out in the pages of this series. These books read much like some history texts for readers of the grade group in the title, and include reflection questions as well as projects to complete. Each chapter gives a brief overview of the subject’s beginnings and influences, and then delves into the opportunities/challenges they pursued or the problems of the time that led them to create their greatest works. Finally, it also discusses the lasting impact of those works. Chapters also contain plenty of visuals, including paintings, statues, and sketches from the time period as well as photographs of locations. Although there are no tests, the informational value along with the projects is meaty enough for a stand-alone history unit for those who want to study the period more personally. Note: some pictures within are paintings/statues of nudes.