We started this lesson with a brief power point about the Middle Ages. Students viewed images of castles, queens, kings, knights, armor, tapestries and illuminated letters. Students worked on 16 x 20″ pages of heavy peach paper. To ensure the portrait was large, I had students create their own oval face template on scrap paper. They traced the oval lightly in chalk onto the large paper. From that point on, the students used black tempera to add the face, crown and clothing. We looked at examples of kings and queens for ideas when designing the crown and royal clothing. Students used jumbo craypas to add color. The final step was to use the sides of broken craypas to layer color in the background. White was used to provide contrast between the portrait and background.
March 26, 2015