Creating Relief Sculptures with Ghiberti- C1W14 Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the artist Ghiberti while experimenting with clay!

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the Renaissance artist Ghiberti, while they create a small relief out of clay.

Since we study Ancient – Renaissance History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 14, 30 minute fine arts final drawing project.

This 15 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist and his illustrations
  • 7 printable pictures of Ghiberti’s work
  • 1 portrait of the artist
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Ghiberti (ideal for memorization)
  • A simple explanation of how to work with clay (Store-bought or homemade)
  • Three simple recipes for homemade clay, including suggestions for when to use which one
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list (This project works well with store-bought clay or homemade clay.)
  • Three homemade clay recipes to chose from
    • (I used my Mom’s Clay recipe for the gold bird relief and Cornstarch clay for the silver bird relief in the photos.)
  • 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 Create a Clay Bird Relief”
  • Bonus: Access to a video demonstration of creating a clay bird relief
  • 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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