Level IV-Art Lesson 7: The Convent in L’viv
Learn to use chiaroscuro to give 3-dimensionality to a Renaissance building
This lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.
Art Lesson Description:
- 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.
This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the convent.
List of Supplies for Each Student:
- 1 L’viv convent warm-up (this is included with the lesson)
- 1 fine tipped permanent black marker
- 1 sheet of 11" x 14" drawing paper
- 2H, HB, and 4B drawing pencils
- Kneaded eraser
- Graphite bar
- Blending stick
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
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.
- Read Ukraine: An Illustrated History by
- Art and Architecture:
- Math: Find out how the Fibonacci sequence and learn how the golden ratio influenced Renaissance architecture.
- Enjoy other lessons that feature Ukraine: The Ukrainian Rooster, the Face With Hidden Surprises, The Ukrainian Cat, The Carpathian Church, and the Eastern European Firebird.
Estimated Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Warm-up: 15 minutes
- Drawing the picture: 30 minutes
- Shading the picture: 60-90 minutes