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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,1508-12, Michelangelo (1475-1564), Part One: Creation of Adam

Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel are so amazing, it is impossible to take it all in at once.

portion, Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo
I decided that we would look at just a portion of it this time, and this one I cropped down for modesty reasons. Even this portion is enough to examine to see the incredible power and beauty of his work.
Or, even this portion.

We also read some about the artist and put him on our timeline.

And for our art activity, we decided to do the old standard activity of painting under the table to get a sense of the difficult conditions under which he painted these incredible paintings.

They loved this activity so much they have spent the whole afternoon painting.
 James remarked that it was hard to do, but Quentin seemed to be inspired by it, completing picture after picture.

In fact, they are still there painting.
Quentin's Tomb of Jesus

Quentin's Calgary Hill
James' Inside Church

Quentin's Creation of Adam

Quentin's Lord over the Earth

Quentin's The King of Kings

Quentin's The Annunciation

The older boys watched The Agony and the Ecstasy.


  1. I love the paintings my kids would love to do that too

  2. Wonderful! Don't you love it when the kids really take off with something?

  3. I love this idea of painting like Michelangelo.


  4. This is great—my kids would love to try this. I love how engaged your kids were with it (and possibly still are! Are they still under the table?!). What a wonderful way to connect with art and history and make learning their own. I love it.

    Thanks for this post!


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