Understanding Foreshortening with Angelico- C1W15 Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the artist Angelico while they draw with foreshortening!

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the Renaissance artist Fra Angelico and practice foreshortening to create the illusion of depth. This project works great with paint, markers, pastels, or colored pencils.

Since we study Ancient – Renaissance History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 15, 30 minute fine arts final drawing project.

This 18 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist and his illustrations
  • 10 printable pictures of Angelico’s work
  • 1 portrait of the artist
  • 1 printable picture of a separate Renaissance work of art, famous for its foreshortening
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Angelico (ideal for memorization)
  • A simple explanation of the key art concept of foreshortening
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for how to “Draw a Foreshortened Figure”
  • Pre-drawn templates for less experienced artists
  • 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 item is also available, at a discount, within the Renaissance Artist Deluxe Package, which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 13-18 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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