Early Renaissance PDF

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Early Renaissance is an arts unit that teaches about the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the 1300s and 1400s in Europe. This unit is for a mentor to use with ages 6 to 18, family-style.


Early Renaissance is the eighth unit in the Middle Ages Arts course. This unit is about the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the 1300s and 1400s in Italy, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, and France.

This unit contains sections on:

  • Rebirth
  • Patrons of the Arts
  • Renaissance Trends

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:

  • Make a notebooking page with an accordion foldable to learn the characteristics of Renaissance art
  • Analyze La Primavera by Botticelli
  • Learn about humanism and sketch it
  • Add a model of Ghiberti’s doors to you Art Sketchbook
  • Paint your own version of The Birth of Venus
  • Practice painting and blending with oil paints
  • Sketch then watercolor paint your own one-point perspective scene
  • Paper mache sketch a bust
  • 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.

See Inside

Here is the inside view of a double page spread from Early Renaissance:

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.

Early Renaissance 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.

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.

Here you see the cover and two of the printables from the Early Renaissance unit. This printable pack includes 26 pages. The Printable Pack is included in the purchase of the unit.

Extra Resources

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


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1 review for Early Renaissance PDF

  1. Kaya Seaton

    This unit was FULL of fun projects, books, and information. We ended up adding art to most of our school days, because we enjoyed it so much. The making of our own birth plates and baptistry doors were the highlights!

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