Painting like Michelangelo

DSCN1065By Amy Cupples


Primary 6/7 are studying the work of Michelangelo.  The children sketched their versions of the famous hands of God and Adam from ‘The Creation of Adam’.


We then had experience of how Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome. To reach the chapel’s ceiling, Michelangelo designed his own scaffold, a flat wooden platform on brackets built out from holes in the wall near the top of the windows, rather than being built up from the floor.  He mainly painted in a standing position, however, we decided to sketch some of his work as if we were 60ft in the air.   We stuck a piece of paper on the bottom of a table.  We all found this activity very hard but some of us mastered it. Here are some pictures of the art work.

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“My shoulder hurts!”  Erin

“My back is aching!”  Megan-Jane.

“My arm is getting sore!” Josh.