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Art of the Illuminated Letter

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A close look at illuminated letters and the art of the illuminated manuscript. Lesson challenges students to design their own illuminated letter after seeing examples and watching the movie "The Book of Kells"

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  • Lovely and informative presentation - great insight - thank you. This is a recent presentation in Goa, India in a resonant field of Illuminated Art http://www.slideshare.net/DeeptiDatt/why-illuminated-art-is-the-most-exciting-new-evolution-in-lighting-design
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  • Thank you so much, I am using this as an intro to my illuminated letter project for my 5th graders!
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Art of the Illuminated Letter

  1. 1. hat is anilluminated letter?
  2. 2. n illuminated letter is anembellished letter
  3. 3. The Book of Kells The most ornate manuscript in existence: housed in Ireland “Irelands finest national treasure” “The chief relic of the Western World” Page from The Book of Kells, circa 800 A.D.
  4. 4. History ofthe Book of Kells• Created in 800 A.D.• Stolen by Vikings• Thrown into bog in a leather bag• Largely intact because ofpreservatives found in bogsIlluminated letter fromThe Book of Kells, circa 800 A.D..
  5. 5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tollund_Man
  6. 6. Diptych painting with scenes featuring Jesus and Mary, circa 1700
  7. 7. Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) bandolier bagcirca 1900 (left) and beadwork detail
  8. 8. Examples of Norwegian tradition of rosemaling (rose painting), applied tofunctional items such as baskets or chests.
  9. 9. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907-1908
  10. 10. Grading Criteria• The letter contains at least 3-4 colors.• The letter contains adequate detail, with little to no “white space”.• The letter uses decorative ornamentation that incorporateselements of nature.• The images in the letter help to illustrate the concept you are trying to communicate.• The work is neat and carefully executed; a ruler is used to drawstraight lines.

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