Grade 11 #NipRockArt students are beginning to dive into the beautiful depths of Renaissance art history.  We'll examine some of the main concepts (such as references to Classical art, Humanism, and guilds), and explore major advances, artists and artworks.

Who were the major players in the Renaissance?  How did the Renaissance happen after a so-called drought in visual expression throughout the Middle Ages? (don't get me wrong, we still appreciate the texts & architecture of Romanesque & Gothic times...)  How did commerce and economics affect the production of art?  ...who controlled the money at that time?  What was life like for the average person?  How did people recover after the Plague?  What is a merchant family, and why is this important?  Who were the Medicis?  Did artists get along and learn from each other, or was there any competition?  How did developments in science and society affect the success of the Renaissance?

...the list of questions could go on and on...

Grade 11 students:  to help us build our knowledge, we will begin to construct graphic displays to share our understanding.  Mind-maps, online whiteboards, diagrams, whatever method you are comfortable with.  Show us the answers to some of the above questions to help others learn about the time period.  You can add to your display over the next 2 weeks, but preliminary designs will be assessed on Monday. :)  You will be giving feedback to your classmates between Monday and Tuesday, and then develop your diagrams in more detail.

*Please use your time wisely, since we will also be starting your next artwork at this time, and you will need to be very focused right up to November 7th (the due date for your diagrams as well as your artwork, which will be introduced and discussed in class).  

Note:  If you are an art teacher or historian and would like to help my students with their research, please leave a comment below, along with contact information (i.e. Twitter ID)  Thanks!

Note to students:  This is a great time to research museums that could help you with your knowledge.  Let's try to contact them & use the hashtag #AskACurator !




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