with Kim Rodgers
Christianity in Britain
Today was a very different mood than the last two weeks! Instead of war and combat we talked about Christianity coming to Britain via the monks. They arrived in Britain with the goal of spreading their faith throughout this wild land. They also brought with them their ability for reading and writing, which was very rare at that time. Books were scarce due to the fact that it often took months, if not longer, to print out one book! The process to make parchment, ink, and quills took time as well. The monks made a name for themselves as they printed copies of Bibles and other religious books by hand, adding their own artwork surrounding letters on the page called illuminated letters. You might remember these as looking like paintings etched with gold surrounding a letter at the beginning of a page.
The students worked on making their own illuminated letters by practicing fancy writing using two or three pencils taped together. Once they had their letters how they wanted, we talked about how they could embellish their letters using drawings inside or surrounding them. We looked at examples of manuscripts on the computer so they could have lots of options. They then transferred their rough drafts onto pieces of cardstock and traced their letters with white glue. The plan is to let the glue dry, go over it with gold pens, and use colored pencils to add color and depth. I’m excited to see how they turn out! I told them if they wanted to make more letters at home they could draw them and trace them with glue as we did in class. They can bring them in next week in order to use the gold pens on them in class.
Next week the students can bring in their notebooking pages, their maps, and any letters t!hey created during the week.
Have a great week!