It's March and that means another birthday celebration. This month let's learn about Michelangelo with these fun learning ideas for kids.
Michelangelo was a Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. He studied fresco painting before studying at the Medici School and becoming a sculptor.
He is probably most well-known for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and his sculptures of David and the Pieta. He is a perfect choice for some educational fun - from painting to sculpting - your kids can spend quite a bit of time learning about this Renaissance artist.
Teach your kids more about Michelangelo with this biography printable.
Michelangelo Activities for Kids
Ready to dive into art and sculpture like Michelangelo? Here are some fabulous ideas to get creative with your kids:
Painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
This is such a fun way to learn about painting like Michelangelo! Kids can really have fun with this method.
Michelangelo spent more than four years lying on his back painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with frescoes. Have your kids spend some time painting like Michelangelo - on their backs!
- a large piece of butcher paper (or poster paper)
- masking tape
- tempera paints or crayons
- Begin by showing your kids pictures of the Sistine Chapel and the ceiling. Discuss the things you notice and the different images. Here is a great Michelangelo art study that will help guide your discussion.
- Tape a large piece of butcher paper to the bottom of your dining room table.
- Give your kids markers, crayons, or paint and have them lie down underneath the table to paint on their 'ceiling'.
Sculpt like Michelangelo
Michelangelo is also well known for his sculpting, especially his works David and the Pieta. Spend some time working on sculptures with your kids with clay, soap, or play dough.
- butter knife or clay sculpting tools
- bar of soap
Here's a simple soap sculpture tutorial:
- Choose a simple animal shape to sculpt.
- Using a butter knife or clay sculpting tools, draw the outline of the animal in a bar of soap.
- Use the butter knife and sculpting tools to scrape off bits of soap and sculpt your animal.
- When you've finished sculpting, use wet fingers to smooth out any rough edges.
Paint a Fresco
Michelangelo painted frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and that method is a perfect art project for kids.
The art technique fresco basically means painting on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling. We can take that basic idea to create a very fun project.
- an aluminum pie tin
- plaster of Paris
- watercolor or tempera paints
Instructions for painting a fresco:
- Mix the plaster of Paris following the instructions on the container and pour the mixture into the pie tin.
- When the plaster has set - when it's still damp but not wet, remove it from the mold.
- Paint a design or picture using watercolor or tempera paints.
- Let the plaster dry completely before displaying.
Books & Resources about Michelangelo & Renaissance Art (these are affiliate links)
Learning about Renaissance art?
Leave me a comment and tell me what fun activities you and your kids are doing to learn about Renaissance art and artists.
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