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Michelangelo
di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

1475-1564
Copyright 1991, revised 2007, for Mesa County Valley School District #51, Grand Junction, CO. This article was written for the express use of the Art Heritage Program. No part may be copied in part or in whole without permission. Certain materials are included under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and have been prepared according to the multimedia fair use guidelines and are restricted from further use. The information contained within this artist unit is a compilation of information gleaned from several sources, some unknown. If credit has not been properly given, please contact our office so this can be corrected.

Standards Information
The Michelangelo unit meets the following Mesa County Valley School District #51 Content Standards for elementary visual art: Standard 1: Students recognize and use the visual arts as a form of communication

Grades K-2
The student will: Create drawings or paintings, that communicate what he/she understands about Michelangelo’s art; Look carefully at things in his/her world (e.g. people, etc) and record, primarily through drawing, what is observed; The student will: Use art tools, materials and processes with care and safety to create drawings or paintings, and Describe the tools, materials, and processes he/she used to draw or paint. The student will: Recognize and identify the work of past and present famous artists. Examine and produce art that represents a theme shared through time and by various cultures (e.g. children, self-portraits.) The student will: Talk about the elements of art and principals of design used in artwork, including his/her own. Look carefully and describe what he/she observes in works of art, including his/her own of art.

Grades 3-5
The student will: Create drawings or paintings that communicate what he/she understands about Michelangelo’s art. In addition, the student will prepare a written or oral description of what Michelangelo’s artwork communicates. Look carefully at things in his/her world (e.g. people, etc) and record, primarily through drawing, what is observed; Recognize how artists create unique images (just as authors have a unique voice). Describe how his/her artwork is also unique and what it communicates. The student will: Use art tools, materials and processes with care and safety to create paintings or drawings and Describe the tools, materials, and processes he/she used to draw or paint.

3. Students know and apply visual arts materials, tools, techniques, and processes.

4. Students relate the visual arts to various historical* and cultural* traditions various cultures (e.g. portraits).

The student will Compare and contrast the work of past and present famous artists. Evaluate works of art relative to historical and cultural themes. Examine and produce art that represents a theme shared through time and by various cultures (e.g. shadows, portraits.) The student will: Use elements of art and principles of design as criteria for planning, creating and analyzing artwork, including his/her own, and Observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art.

5. Students analyze and evaluate the characteristics, merits, meaning of works

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SUMMARY Michelangelo was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet who greatly influenced art. He considered the male nude to be the most important subject in art. He explored the body’s range of movement and expression in every medium. (MSN Encarta) He enjoyed physical, artistic and intellectual challenges. He particularly liked hard, physical labor such as marble carving and fresco painting. When he painted, he chose poses that were especially difficult to draw. Although he relished a challenge, he left many of his works unfinished. (MSN Encarta)

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