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Atmospheric Perspective in Art-Renaissance Lesson Plan
Art of the Italian Renaissance-Lesson Plan For Children
I love finding great ideas for art appreciation for my children. We included this project in with our Renaissance history plans to learn more about the time period and Leonardo Da Vinci.
We have been learning about the artistic techniques that evolved in Italy during the Renaissance period of time, roughly the 15th and early 16th centuries. There is so much to learn that we have broken the concepts down into mini-lessons. Here is the first part of the lesson.
This lens will focus on Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork and how he incorporated these ideas into his paintings. Scroll down to find the lesson plan and an example of a follow-up art project.
Concepts that formed during this time period are:
Importance of the artist
Use of space and proportion
Realistic representation of the figure
This lens contains five paintings that represent the idea of aerial perspective.
Leonardo was the first artist to show objects as less detailed in the distance, contrasts between lights and darks became less distinct in the distance, and there appeared to be a bluish haze.
This is called aerial or atmospheric perspective.
View the paintings below and look for these features.
Short Video Lesson
Sometimes it is nice to actually see how artists put this into practice. This very short video will introduce a couple of really great ideas for getting started with atmospheric perspective.
You will see how an artist uses "blurred vision" to begin the painting and then using values of paint, he creates the atmospheric perspective.
More Links for Atmospheric Perspective
- Flickr Group Photos
These photos show how photographers use atmospheric perspective.
- Excellent Article with Simple Explanations
This article is a concise explanation of this technique used by artists.
- Lesson Plan Atmospheric Perspective
A complete lesson plan with images for learning about this technique.
- Leonardo Sings the Blues
Short lesson on atmospheric perspective in Leonardo's paintings.
Lady of the Rocks, 1483-1486 - Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa, 1504-1506 - Leonardo da Vinci
Agony in the Garden, C. 1465 - Giovanni Bellini
Three Philosophers, 1505-1509 - Giorgione
The Tribute Money, 1427-1428 - Masaccio
Follow Up Project
Go outside and observe in an open place the atmospheric conditions that you can see. As you look in the distance, do the details seem to disappear? Do you see the bluish haze that Leonardo talked about? How about the colors? Are they more or less distinct in the distance?
Try your hand at painting with watercolors the scene you see before you. Try to incorporate the ideas that Leonardo talked about and then demonstrated in his paintings.
Our First Attempt at Showing Aerial Perspective
Links for More Leonardo Study
- Art History-Leonardo Da Vinci
This link has a wealth of information for homeschoolers looking to go more in-depth with their study of Leonardo's art.
- Web Museum
Online art gallery with Leonardo's paintings to view.
- Olga's Gallery-Online web gallery of Leonard's paintings
This link has wonderful images and a short biography for Leonardo.
- Mona Lisa coloring page
Simple blackline drawing that you can print and color.
- Famous Artists Lapbook PDF
Fantastic printable resource for making a Famous Artists lapbook featuring Leonardo.
- Child's History of Art - Ebook from Currclick.com
This classic narrative style book is full of great information and full-color images of artwork. Click over and see the full-size preview. I think this is a great value for your ebook reader.
- Leonardo da Vinci for Kids
Lots of nice projects outlined on this webpage.
- Free Printable Notebook Page for Da Vinci
Print and go with this easy to use notebook page from NotebookingPages.com.
Looking for more Renaissance art plans? - Try my Harmony Fine Arts Ebook
Complete week by week plans with art prints, links, and follow-up activities.
Mona Lisa - Picture Study
More on Renaissance Artists
Middle School level book about the artists of the Renaissance. We really enjoyed this book in our family.
This book of paintings includes all of the images on CD so you can view the artwork on your computer, print it out, or use it for notebook pages. Very versatile and easy to use.
Excellent resource for art of the Renaissance. Typical DK style is easy to read with lots of colored images to illustrate the topics covered. Highly recommend this book.