Medieval and the Renaissance**

Chartres Cathedral

Residency for Junior High or High School students
Residency Artist Cheryl Myrbo
1100 - 1600's

For the first week we will be establishing the mood of the Medieval and Renaissance periods through slides and lecture. For instance, what kind of communication existed between people, towns, countries; how important was the church in the lives of everyone; how did the lack of education effect art; what about the subjects portrayed in the creative work; what was the status of women, non-white races, what was the clothing like to accomodate life without frequent bathing, harsh weather, hard work, disease, superstition, no pavement or sidewalks, riding horses.

Slides each day will precede discussions, ie. French Monarchy, Byzantine Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Muslim, English Monarchy, Italian city-states, Moors, Spanish Kingdoms, Russian Empire to take us through the Middle Ages (Medieval-Gothic) and Renaissance. All forms of art will be introduced and reviewed: architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramic: Ghiotto, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Nanni di Banco, Gentile da Fabriano, Masaccio, Della Quercia, Luca della Robbie, Filippo Lippi, Alberti, Rossellino, Uccello, Castagno, Alberti, Piero della Francesca, Antonello da Messina, Mantegna, Verrocchio, Pollaiuolo, Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Signorelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Rosso, Pontormo, Correggio, Parmigianino, Palladio, Tintoetto, Ammanati, Veronese.

Following this will be a week of lessons on the actual techniques used by artists from Giotto through Michelangelo through Reubens through Veronese to achieve some of the astounding work created during those periods in history. Gilding and marbling will be explored. Architecture, ie. Christopher Wren, Bruneleshi, Bramante, Sansovino, Palladio, Vasari, Vignola. Atmospherial, one, two, and three point perspective will be introduced: Masaccio, Ghiberti, Brunellischi.

In addition to the works created during the exploratory phase, ie. gilded and marbled boxes (small furniture) and gilded and marbled works on two by two foot wooden panels; one large mural will be painted by the students from the four classes. Each class will be responsible for one panel of a four panel "history painting." The design will be created and engineered by the students with the artist's guidance. A trompe l'oeil scene will be encouraged (window looking out onto city or arcadian landscape in four seasons; deep large room with pillars and marble floors with four 'events,' etc.). Gilding, marbling, and trompe l'oeil effects will appear within the mural. The "cartoon" (thumbnail) will be photographed on slide film to project onto the designated wall or gridded off for sketching on the surface.

Images from past Middle Ages/Renaissance residencies:

Gilding class


Selection from Crabapple Middle School, 2001

Selection from Banneker High School, 2001

Selection from Banneker High School, 2001

Selection from Banneker High School, 2001

Audio tour of gilded squares written and recorded by students, Crabapple Middle School

Final mural, Crabapple Middle School

This residency will take a month of five class days or longer, depending on the nature of the creative work. Shorter portions can be arranged.

**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.

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