Renaissance Study

Our final unit study of the year turned out to be a great one – even if it was on the lighter side of book learning.  We had just finished an intensive study of the Middle Ages, which naturally covers a lot of Renaissance history.  So, the main purpose of this study was to tie up a few loose ends before jumping into early modern history next year.  Oh, and to have some end-of-school-year fun!

Our light end-of-year Renaissance study was a fun look at some of the more artistic things of the time period.

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A Brief Renaissance Unit Study

Using the Usborne Book of World History, we made sure to learn about some notable Renaissance history like the invention of the printing press, trade/exploration of the time and Martin Luther.  The main focus of the unit, though, was on a few famous Renaissance artists.  After watching the Landmarks of Western Art: The Renaissance DVD, we spent one day each learning about the following artists and trying our hands at their art. Some of our art project ideas came from Discovering Great Artists.

The Usborne Book of World History (Guided Discovery Program)Landmarks of Western Art: The Renaissance - A Journey of Art History Across theDiscovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning)


Almost all the biographical information about the artists came from the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artist Series by Mike Venezia.  If I couldn’t find a library book about the artist, we turned to the internet for research.

Michelangelo (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)Sandro Boticelli (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Revised))Leonardo da Vinci (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)Pieter Bruegel (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)


Our Renaissance Art Projects

Botticelli -art in the round

Michelangelo – “Sistene Chapel” art

Da Vinci – art from nature

Donatello – soap sculptures

Bruegel – landscapes

Tao-Chi – not your typical Renaissance artist, mind you.  But, an artist from China during the Renaissance time period.  I found this lesson on brush and ink paintings from Month-by-Month Masterpieces and couldn’t pass it up!

If you’re interested in resources for monthly artist studies, you might like my artist study page.

A Complete List of Cindy West's Monthly Artist Studies

Learning About Shakespeare

We also learned a bit of and about Shakespeare through bits and pieces of the materials below.  I love that my elementary children had such a positive early experience with Shakespeare through listening and learning!

Bard of Avon: The Story of William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities (For Kids series)How to Teach Your Children ShakespeareMacBeth : For Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun series)A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)Shakespeare for ChildrenTales from ShakespeareTales from Shakespeare (Wordsworth Children's Classics)


And so, our fun Renaissance study brings us to the end of another school year!  If you’re planning a Renaissance study, you might find some more fun ideas on my Renaissance Pinterest Board.  Have a wonderful summer!

Cindy West's Renaissance History Homeschooling Board

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