Art Classes: Level IV

Level IV-Art Lesson 7: The Convent in L’viv

Learn to use chiaroscuro to give 3-dimensionality to a Renaissance building

Art Lesson Description:

This lesson is based on a plaque depicting a convent in L’viv, Ukraine. The convent’s past tells much about the history of Ukraine and Poland:

  • It was built when L’viv was part of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (the 16th century), and is one of finest examples of late Renaissance architecture in the city.
  • Originally it was a convent and a hospital that was surrounded by walls and a moat to keep invaders out. The hospital was a refuge for wounded soldiers, paupers, and cripples.
  • The Soviets turned the complex into a warehouse and a museum of photography.
  • It has recently reopened as a convent.

The lesson asks the artist to solve some interesting problems:

  • To learn to shade objects with corners.
  • To learn some differences between Renaissance and Baroque architecture.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 L’viv convent warm-up
  • 1 fine-tipped black magic marker (for the warm-up exercise)
  • 1 sheet of 12” x 18” drawing paper
  • A light, medium, and dark drawing pencil (See Supplies>List of Art Supplies for suggestions)
  • 1 kneaded eraser

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Literature:
  • Social Studies: Find out how many nationalities have claimed L’viv as their territory. Learn about the Holodomor—the great famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine.

Estimated Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Warm-up: 15 minutes
  • Drawing the picture: 30 minutes
  • Shading the picture: 60-90 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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