Exploring Michelangelo

Exploring Michelangelo

…and a small act of appreciation by Year 1DK

Year 1 children thoroughly enjoyed international week. In 1DK, we were lucky enough to have some visitors. Olivia and Samuela offered us a “tour” of Italy. We learned about Italian artists and admired famous paintings, sculptures and buildings. They shared with us a story in Italian that made us think about the value of giving. We loved participating and acting out the story.

We also inquired into Michelangelo. Of course it wasn’t possible for us to go and visit any of Michelangelo’s work – however we used the Internet and some books to explore Michelangelo looking at the variety of different artwork that he completed and where he worked and lived. Looking at the images we were able to see the variety of his work from the Statue David to the Sistine chapel. The Sistine Chapel grabbed our attention as we liked that the pictures looked real – so we took a step back all the way to Renaissance Italy and looked at Michelangelo.

A picture of the chapel brought about the question… “How did he paint it”, our first suggestion was he painted it on paper and then someone glued it to the roof of the building. Some further investigation and we discovered that he used scaffolds and laid down to paint his images. So we decided to draw like Michelangelo and create a “ceiling” of our own.  We set up our tables with pieces of paper on the bottom, which we used Sticky Tape to secure in place. Then using sticky tack we added a piece of paper and turned the table over. We then laid down on the floor and looked at our ceiling and started to draw. The first thing that we wanted to draw was the picture of God Creating Adam or more accurately the hands. We found that a bit uncomfortable!

It was such an exciting morning! Our next plan was to make two Michelangelo inspired cards and offer them to Olivia and Samuela to show our appreciation for the great time we had with them!