First Calendar Art

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Calendar/ Months of the Year

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – The Limbourgh Brothers, Illuminations

Painting, Illustrations


In my last post, I talked about the use of art calendars as visuals in the classroom. Today, I’d like to talk about some of the first art calendars ever created. The twelve months of the year were first illustrated in hand written prayer books. The most famous prayer  book is Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry  illustrated by the Limbourg Brothers. Find a short synopsis  about this book and the twelve illuminated months here:

Labors of the Months from the Très Riches Heures

To learn more about hand written books of the time, check out the picture book, Marguerite Makes a Bookby Bruce Robertson. 

The Lindburgh brothers illustrated daily activities from their time period. So, if you are studying the months of the year, why not brainstorm current daily activities for each month with your students. ( weather, holidays, sports) Then, let each student choose a month out of a bowl and illustrate it. These can be used as illustrations for your classroom calendar. Or make copies of the illustrations and create calendars as gifts or for a fundraiser. Need more ideas of how to create your monthly illustrations? Look here:

Happy New Year! I’d love to hear your calendar ideas. Simply click on the title of this post and scroll down to the comment section.

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Art Visuals For Your Classroom

So far on this blog, I’ve talked about using the internet and books to aid in your arts integration endeavors.  In addition, how about starting a collection of famous artwork visuals for your classroom?

Art calendars are a good and inexpensive place to start. It just so happens that this is the time of year people are buying new calendars and getting ready to discard the old ones. A perfect time to send a notice home with your students explaining that you are starting an art program in your classroom and requesting that they donate any old art calendars to the classroom. Free visuals!!!!  Also, this time of year the store, Five Below, has calendars for just $3. They are often calendars you’d find everywhere else for $12. A few years ago, I found the Page a Day Metropolitan Museum Calendar just that way. I love this calendar. It’s a gift of art everyday. Not having found it again, I’ve been buying the page a day calendar full price ever since. Anyway, it’s worth a look if you have a store close by. Lastly, at the end of January the bookstores and calendar kiosks sell their current calendars for 50% or more off.

Find some great uses for calendar visuals here:

Thirteen Ways to Reuse a Page-a-Day Art Calendar

and here:

I hope this post has been helpful. I would love to hear what you think and how you might use art visuals in your classroom. Simply highlight the title of this post and scroll down the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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