Early Medieval Art is the first unit in the Middle Ages Arts course. In this course the student will learn about the art of the Byzantines, Barbarians, and Vikings of Europe during the early middle ages. Students do hands on projects paired with books and videos.
You will learn that early art from medieval Europe was often solemn and religious including gold leafing, halos, and other imagery to inspire awe and reverence in the viewer. Then you are introduced to the Carolingian Renaissance and Charlemagne’s push for art and culture in his court. Finally, you get to explore Viking runes, symbolism, and religious and mythological themes. This unit contains sections on:
- Carolingian Art
- Celtic & Viking Art
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:
- Painting your own icon on a wood panel
- Gold leafing a picture
- Chalk drawing with halos
- Closely examining the Justinian Mosaic
- Notebooking about metalworking among the Barbarians
- Making a paper mosaic of a scene from the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo
- Crafting your own medieval book
- And 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.
Here is an inside view of a double page spread from Early Medieval Art:
The center is where you will find the lessons plans to choose from. The sidebars are for extra information, discussion questions, Writer’s Workshop ideas, memory work, famous people, and so on. The mentor chooses activities and information to create a custom curriculum for your family or class.
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.
Early Medieval Art is also part of the overall Middle Ages Arts course, the second 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.
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.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Middle Ages Arts Resources page.