Upside Down Art
This lesson will allow students to practice creating art from a unique perspective while learning about Michelangelo.
Grade Level: K - 12th
Length of Time: 20 Minutes to 2 Hours Depending on Grade Level
Objectives & Outcomes
Students should be able to create a unique drawing from a different perspective, just as when Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Paper, paints (for older students), crayons/markers (for younger students), tape, floor covering where needed
Opening to Lesson
- Begin by asking students if they have ever heard of Michelangelo or the Sistine Chapel.
- Offer younger students a simple explanation with a picture of the Sistine Chapel.
- Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel while on his back.
- This made the painting difficult, but he created a beautiful and famous piece of art.
- Explain that today they will try to create something beautiful while painting like Michelangelo.
Body of Lesson
- Have students tape a piece of paper under their desks or tables.
- Have all art supplies at arm’s reach.
- Allow students to create a unique piece of art, but explain that the whole paper should be covered.
- Have students display art pieces and explain how it was different to paint upside down.
Assessment & Evaluation
The students will create a unique picture from a different perspective, upside down, just as Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. Art work should be neat.
Modification & Differentiation
Special needs students may be given extended time or a different surface on which to draw.
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