Reformation & Counter-Reformation PDF


Reformation & Counter-Reformation is an art unit from the Layers of Learning Colonial Period Arts course. It is a hands-on art history course for all ages from 6 to 18.


Reformation & Counter-Reformation is the third unit in the Colonial Period Arts course. This unit is about the ways that art changed in Northern Europe because of the Reformation and how the Catholic church responded with art and architecture.

This unit contains sections on:

  • Reformation Arts
  • Counter-Reformation Arts

Layers of Learning is an activity-based program. The mentor chooses from among the activities in the unit to create mental hooks for learning. Some of the activities in this unit include:

  • Listen to music by Bach and then write and play some of your own
  • Make an animal print like Durer
  • Create your own genre style painting sketch like Brueghel
  • Practice cross hatching like Rembrandt
  • Take a guided tour of “The Blind Leading the Blind” by Brueghel
  • Compare Reformation and Counter-Reformation art and learnt o spot the differences in style and subject
  • Find the miracles in “The Miracles of St. Francis Xavier” by Rubens
  • Plus much more!

Each Layers of Learning Arts unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide or learn to teach art with the Arts Guidebook for mentors.

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Here is the inside view of a double page spread from Reformation & Counter-Reformation: Reformation & Counter-Reformation spread The curriculum is pick-and-choose, so you select which Explorations you would like to do out of the many choices.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month. Reformation & Counter-Reformation is also part of the overall Colonial Period Arts course, the third Year of the four year Layers of Learning Arts cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the art in chronological order, tracking with the Layers of Learning History units. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class. You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.  

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Colonial Period Arts Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Single Units




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