High crowns with sparkling jewels, gowns embroidered in gold, capes lined in velvet—these are some of the medieval fashions we explore in this project. My students loved learning to draw a figure with the correct proportions and then painting the crowns and veils, capes, gowns, etc. These are inspired by playing cards from the Middle Ages.
Included in the project are guides for drawing the figures, step-by-step instructions for drawing the king and the queen, eight reference drawings of different fashions, jewelry, crowns, capes, etc. There’s also a handout of medieval patterns the kids can use for inspiration in adding decorations. We create these in permanent marker and opaque watercolors, and tempera cakes also work well.
Time Required: 2 hours.
The 27-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-About Medieval Fashions
-Detailed Photo Tutorial
-Photo References of 8 Medieval Playing Cards
-Guides for Drawing the Queen and King Figures
-Step-by-Step Instructions for the Queen and King
-Handout of Fashions for Medieval Queens
-Handout of Fashions for Medieval Kings
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