Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

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

St. Jerome in His Study (1514), Albrecht Durer

St. Jerome in His Study. 1514. Engraving

There is so much in this piece to talk about. We talked about symbolism. We talked about perspective in the room.

worksheet from Homeschool Journey's Renaissance History Portfolio

We talked a bit about engraving. "Engraving is the practice of incising a design on to a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself is engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings." (Wikipedia) We looked at the illustrations here of how intaglio printing is done, but I thought they might understand it better if we actually made an intaglio print ourselves.

123...I Can Make Prints!...Get Into the Groove!
Wrap a piece of flat clay with aluminum foil.

A pencil carves a design in the foil over clay...

which make grooves to hold the paint.
Wipe off any extra paint with a damp cloth, leaving just the paint in the grooves.

The paint in the grooves becomes the painted parts of a print.

This is called an Intaglio Print.

Paint your web spun by the spider and any other decorations on the spider.

Quentin got a little frustrated in getting his print on paper so he added a spider cut from a muffin cup.

Since this is our last week of looking at the work of Durer, we compared and contrasted his works.
We talked about them in terms of mediums, themes, style. We compared the mediums of watercolors, tempera on linen, pen and ink, intaglio printing and woodcuts. Some of his themes were religious, some were not.


  1. That is a fun print making method. I read a book once about the concept of Home and Comfort that used St. Jerome in His Study as an early image of what home was and how it compared to today.

  2. We'll have to try this - looks fun.


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