Abstract Celtic Medieval Art- C1W4 Lesson Plan


Introduce students to Celtic Medieval art, while teaching them about abstract art, as they draw Celtic knots.

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This lesson plan explores abstract art while introducing Celtic (Insular) art from the Medieval period. Students consider the nature of abstract art as they discover how to draw a simple Celtic knot using overlap (one of the methods of creating perspective).

Since we study Ancient – Medieval History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 4, 30 minute fine arts lesson on abstract art.

This 16 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • An introduction to Celtic art from the Medieval period (also known as Insular art)
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Celtic Medieval art (ideal for memorization)
  • An overview of abstract art and the difference between representational and non-representational abstract art
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • 8 pages of Celtic Medieval art samples
  • Detailed Art Project instructions
  • Materials List
  • Template for drawing a 3 x 3 Celtic knot
  • Template for drawing a 4 x 4 Celtic knot
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for drawing a 3 x 3 Celtic knot
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for drawing a 4 x 4 Celtic knot
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This lesson is available, at a discount, in the “Ancient Art Drawing Package,” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 1 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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