Benson Middle School’s Magen Pike recently won a $992 grant to teach her students how to create an illuminated manuscript using a variety of mixed media.
An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented with such decoration as initials, borders and miniature illustrations. Illuminated manuscripts are typically decorated with gold or silver, but the term can refer to any decorated/illustrated manuscript.
Thanks to the grant students in Pike’s classes will now have the opportunity to get create their own Middle Ages style illustrated manuscripts using methods used by the monk scribes of the day. They will be able to choose to imitate the style of the medieval monks or take a more modern expressionistic approach.
The collaborative project will conclude around a “Round Table,” which will give students the opportunity to share their thoughts with their peers in a positive way.