Art of Illumination

Lesson Plans: The Art of Illumination

The Art of Illumination project is a great way for students in grades 5-12 to experience the medieval process of illumination as authentically as possible. After researching the history, people, and art of the Medieval Ages, students will have the opportunity to create an illuminated text of their own.

The goal of this project is to provide a fun, creative way to teach classes about the art of manuscript making and the power and control the Catholic Church possessed during the Middle Ages. The project can be altered to better suit different age groups.



An Overview of goals, materials, and methods to make the Art of Illumination Day a great success.

Cultural Context

An overview of important background information about the history and style of illuminated manuscripts.

Character Choices

A list of characters and individuals from medieval times to provide inspiration for the students' illuminations.


An overview of the tasks that the students will perform, including explanations and a schedule of events.

Curator's Report

An explanation for the students of the curator's report assignment.

Grading Rubric

A suggestion for a way to break down the grading process.


A list of important vocabulary words to help students better understand the illumination process.


A list of helpful publications to aid in the research for this project.

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