Renaissance Painting

E&I Program: 
Distance Learning
Grade level : 
9 to 12

In these teacher materials, and during the videoconference, selected paintings from the museum's collection help acquaint students with the Renaissance, the transitional period of European history in which learning and the arts blossomed and medieval thought was gradually subjected to the beginnings of scientific scrutiny. This lesson includes teaching extensions on one-point perspective in which students give flat shapes the appearance of three-dimensional objects by drawing converging lines to a vanishing point. These same principles are used in a follow-up project for drawing a room in 3-D. A videoconference viewing guide on perspective adds an engaging interactivity to this distance learning lesson.