Illuminated Letters by Grade 3/4

Art has been a bit of a history lesson this term! Over 10 weeks, students learnt how to draw realistic animals, celtic knots and medieval calligraphy. In addition to all this technical drawing, the students also learnt about the history behind illuminated scriptures in Medieval England. The brief for the students was to pick an animal that they felt represented their personality. Although you only get to see the finished pieces, it would be worth popping in to the art room with your child to have a peek in their art journals, because their developmental designs are just as stunning as the finished works. We did some fantastic learning this term  – enjoy!


  1. Don’t they look incredible Chelsea?!
    A few weeks before 3/4s started this work, SBS showed an animated kids’ movie (featuring an illuminated manuscript) called “The Secret of Kells” We loved it and were pretty excited when you introduced illuminated letters at school and wondered if you ‘d seen it too?

    1. Hi Tania,

      Wow, what a coincidence! I haven’t seen The Secret of Kells, but I’ll have to check it out. Yes, the students are very creative, the works turned out wonderfully!

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