"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." ~Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
For the first semester, our study will center on the Fall of the Roman Empire and what the Middle Ages. Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Students will receive detailed lessons, handouts and assignments for each week.
FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE & THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Week 1 -August 10-17
Overview of course and the Middle Ages—“Fall of the Roman Empire”-what led up to this? What are the ‘Dark Ages’? Who are the Barbarians?
Week 2- August 20-24
What is a Celtic Knot Design? Celtic Knot design art creation.
Week 3- August 27-31
Middle Ages Research Topics assigned.
Week 4-6 -September 4-21
What is the oldest surviving epic poem from the English language? ‘Beowulf’. Learn traits of a hero in connection to ‘Beowulf’ ; read ‘Beowulf’; creative writing assignments; preview film
Week 7- September 24-28
Who is Justinian? What is the Justinian Plague? Identify the Byzantine Empire and analyze the mosaics of Justinian.
Week 8- October 1-5
Charlemagne, King of the Franks; begin research on ‘The Vikings’ and other cultures including the Chinese, and the Arab world…what else is going on the world—is it all ‘dark’? Identify flourishing cultures. Arthur, semi-legendary King of Brits, dies.
Week 9- October 8-11
Week 10- October 16-19
Illuminated Manuscript Art Project introducing the Book of Kells. Students learn to marble paper, create unique initial designs and use gold and silver leaf.
Week 11- October 22-26
The Crusades; Christian missionaries, monasteries; universities—how was the transfer of knowledge from the ancient world preserved?
Week 11-12- October 29-November 2
Knights and chivalry; King Arthur legends (1100’s); Feudalism; Study O’ Fortuna by Carl Orff.
Week 13-14- November 5-16
Read Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.
Week 15- November 19-20
Cathedrals: connect the visual with the spiritual; Gregorian chants
Week 16- November 21-23
Week 17- November 26-30
Black Death, read from Giovanni Boccaccio.
Week 18-19- December 3-14
Read Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and creative writing projects
Week 20- December 17-21
Feudalism and Heraldry: Family Crest Art Project
Week 21 and 22- December 24-January 7
For the second semester, our study will center on Renaissance explorers, artists and writers. Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Students will receive detailed lessons, handouts and assignments for each week.
Week 1- January 8-11
Overview of the Renaissance-Northern and Southern—A rebirth of the classics, why, what for? What was the rest of the world doing at this time—China, India, Africa, South America, North America???
Week 2-3- January 14-25
Science and religion and exploration during the Renaissance—how did the three intertwine, diverge and even emerge in artworks? Copernicus, Galileo, Martin Luther, Savonarola…Explorers: Marco Polo, Ponce de Leon, Vespucci, Columbus, Magellan, Cortes, Ribault, and Francis Drake…Student based research projects assigned.
Week 4-10- January 28-March 13
Students identify major Renaissance artists and artworks. Literary and Artistic endeavors and heavy hitters: Holbein, Bosch, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo. Students create an artwork pertaining to the Renaissance.
Week 11- March 15-22
Week 12-16- March 25-April 26
Examination of major Renaissance writers and works including Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Machiavelli, and Marlow to name a few.
Week 17-19- April 29-May 17
College and Career Research
Week 20- May 20-24
REVIEW and END OF COURSE EXAM
Art Credits: Primavera by Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510); Date 1482, tempera on panel, 79.9 × 123.6 in; Current location: Uffizi Gallery. Source/Photographer: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/uffizi-gallery/artwork/la-primavera-spring-botticelli-filipepi/331460/
Herman, Paul and Jean de Limbourg, January, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, 1413-16, ink on vellum (Musée Condé, Chantilly). Photo courtesy of Khan Academy.
Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter by Pietro Perugino (1481-82) Fresco, 335 x 550 cm Cappella Sistina, Vatican. Datebetween 1481 and 1482. Sourcehttp://surveyofwesternart.haloslinkup.net/studymaterial/276_delivery_keys.jpg
Pietà, Michelangelo, St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Dimensions: 5′ 9″ x 6′ 5″, Marble, Created: 1498–1499 Source: WikiCommons. Author: Stanislav Traykov, GNU Free Documentation License.