Upside Down Art

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This lesson will allow students to practice creating art from a unique perspective while learning about Michelangelo.

Grade Level: K - 12th

Subject: Arts

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.

Materials Needed

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.
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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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