Great Ideas: A Classroom Scriptorium

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A lesson in medieval illustration from the TCT archives

To bring medieval Church history to life for my eighth-graders, I turn my classroom into a modern-day “scriptorium.” Each student selects a short Bible verse to illuminate. Once the verse is chosen, the student plans the layout of the manuscript, including penciling in a box for the first letter. Like the monks of old, students spend time in silence, inking the verse on vellum and elaborately drawing the first letter of the verse in the box. A decorative border and gold details done with metallic gold paint pens add special final touches.

~ Submitted by Valerie Jones  (at time of original publication, St. Peter Interparish School, Jefferson City, Missouri)

This great idea was originally published in our March 2012 issue.

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