We finished From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and we are now working to find out what it would be like to be like Michelangelo. We started by Exploring the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. We went over some problems that Michelangelo had and how he worked to solve them. Then we sketched our own "ceilings," which we would later paint upside down.
Next we watched this YouTube video about David and Goliath. I read about Michelangelo's sculpture the David aloud. I showed the kids pictures of his face and hands to show how much care went into this sculpture. * Caution: Some of the images of the David are graphic-- so screen the site and don't let the kids go to it on their own!
Then came the fun part! I taped their sketches to the bottom of their chairs, gave each student a mask and BAM!, we were living the life of Michelangelo.
The students really enjoyed painting on their backs, but most of all they got to experience what Michelangelo must have felt like. The pictures actually turned out really great!!
While some students worked on that, I took small groups to carve an easy shape out of a bar of ivory soap. The soap was surprisingly easy to carve, but you can find the directions here! I allowed my students to make any shape that was simple. (Hearts, smiley faces and the fish have been the easiest!)
It took each child about 30 minutes to carve their soap, and the results were really good! Tomorrow we will be writing sonnets before we complete our writing about A Day in the Life of Michelangelo writing.
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I am sure your students will enjoy it as much as mine have!