We became medieval art!!!!! Want to find out why and how?
Yep that’s me in the medieval times… WAIT WHAT! No I wasn’t actually in the medieval times even though that would be cool but that is our artwork project and I’ll tell you all about it.
This is the question that drives us through the entire project and this question is normally always the question we always come back too. This projects driving question was “ What can we learn from the past and why does it matter to us today?”. I found this driving question really interesting because there are so many answers to it and I was really excited to learn more about it.
Book of the lion
To start with our project we read an old timey book called book of the lion. The reason our teacher made us read this book is because it’s very strong on worldview (how they view the world). To me honest opinion its basically gibberish and was hard for me to follow and hard for me to finish. While we were reading this book we were having to fill in our role sheets specifically about your weeks reading. There were 3 roles in total and you would have a turn to do each one.
For this assignment in the project we had to make a leader tribute with our group to a historically significant leader. Me, Elsa and Evelyn (my group) decided to choose Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. We decided to perform an acting skit Gen z version showing the amazingness of Queen Eleanor. Overall we were all very happy with it and it was hilarious! The point of us doing this was because we were trying to show different worldviews and options on women and people not wanting her to be in charge such as her husband.
Artwork choice chart
This was our first benchmark in this project, Where we have to finish this and do it right or we wont be ready for the next steps. This was the base of our medieval art it was like our planning page where we figured out why it would be there and what pictures should be there. This part of the project was tricky but I got through it and was able to carry on!
Now that we had a basic idea of what was going to be in our portrait it was time to start putting our face into it. I know it sounds kind of strange but it’s exactly what we did we just stuck our face on an old medieval person and BAM! We were onto the next step…
Next thing we had to do was add all the other pictures into the background, it wasn’t able to just be a collage in the background it had too be a whole scene where things were placed and cropped to fit.
Paragraph explaining my art
How can our artwork help us learn from the past and why does that matter to us today?
With our medieval artwork it shows how they would live their lives and their worldview. This can help me understand myself and my worldview by explaining and showing to me how lucky I am to be able to live somewhere that we have the opportunity to learn things we are interested in.
One of the images in my artwork are a medieval clock artwork to represent time. In the medieval times people cared about time but its not the same as it is now, such as back then time was in morning, noon and night so that they would know when to wake up and what time to go to sleep. Time in the medieval times is not nearly as important as it is now. Now we have to be in certain places at certain times. Back in the medieval times if you were late to a school or lesson you would be punished severely. Today this relates to my worldview by me always wanting to be on time to places I go (even if my sibling will always make me late). Whenever I am late to a sport or to a class my teacher or coach is a bit frustrated as they should be because as they know I have missed learning that could’ve improved me to be better. I am lucky to live where I do for the fact that with my school teacher she is very strict and if you are not on time she may call you out in front of the whole class. This also improves me by wanting to get myself to school on time so I can learn faster and not miss as much. Another thing I decided to add to my image was a medieval map that that is for geography, the map in the picture is very inaccurate. This is because in the medieval times people had just started explaining and had to really know what else was out there. This relates to me because I enjoy travelling so much and if I could have a conversation with the person who created this map in the medieval times I would try to explain how much more is out there. I would really hate a world that was misinterpreted and was harder to learn about. The way that map was probably made was because of the fact that those things were the things that they had been taught or told. Now today things are taught with more evidence and as someone who is very interested in geography I am happy to say the earth IS round. This is important to my worldview because I enjoy being taught things that are proven and are true. Another thing I then put into my art work was an image that represented beliefs. I chose two represent beliefs about punishments and death. All the punishments back then were brutal and some of them were not all exactly fair. Such as if you steal instead of having jail time, you would be strung to a pole and have arrows shot at you and your brain and heart being last so you stay alive to feel the pain. This can relate to my worldview by me seeing how much of a fair style of ruling or society that we live in and that the medieval people lived in. There are many forms of beliefs that the medieval people had such as women can not and should not learn. I believe this is very wrong and as a women today that values learning and is a learner, I see that women have rights to learn when ever they want whether they are 50 or 5. This is also important to my worldview because education is an important part of my world and how I view it.
In conclusion, medieval art can represent so many things and can show examples of so many things and can also show your differences of their life and yours. When you view these differences you may begin to see how lucky you are to have what you have and live where you live.
Take a breather 😮💨
I understand how that could’ve been a lot to process so lets just take a break and breathe…. If you really need a break click here.
Sketch and tell
This was one of the last parts of this project that we had to do we had to in a sketch show how societies gain and lose power. In my image I decided to show war and bad leadership being a main reason of how societies gained and lost their power. In the rough sketch I drew I am not trying to say dinosaurs and superheroes were fighting in wars but I was trying to show a battle in a more colourful looking way. This image is important to my worldview because sometimes I can see bad leaders and unhappy followers.
Overall in this project I have learned so much about the past and the present! I really feel that all the steps we did take were completely necessary for our end result. I have learned that past decisions can really affect what we do and what we say now in the present. I have also learned that we dont always learn from our mistakes and end up doing something worse or just doing the same thing. This is also very relatable to today because lots of the time we may make a mistake and just keep making that mistake and eventually never learn even when you tell your self “ Siena make sure you are on time for school!” Or “Siena remember peanut butter then it’s jelly!”. In conclusion we always have something to learn from the past and we can decide what we do with that information whether we use it for the better or for the worse.
Thanks for reading and stay posted for my next post! 👍