Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ART - Cathedrals

Tuesday, April 14th

Cathedrals are beautiful, majestic structures that were designed to make people think heavenward. BUT.... they also have a dark side. Most Cathedrals hold a burial ground, often within the interior, with bodies buried down in a basement crypt or even in the floor you would walk on! Cathedrals also hold a rather creepy tradition of displaying the skull of a famous saint or bishop in a glass box; these skulls are almost considered spiritual good luck charms.

We also discussed the creation and specifications of GARGOYLES that came about with cathedrals. These stone statutes held both a practical purpose and a spiritual purpose. These statutes were an artistic gutter: a pipe would run through them and out their open mouth to allow rainwater to pour out and away from the walls of a cathedral, preventing corrosion of the stone walls. And though some could be beautiful or even comical in design, most of these gargoyles were ugly creatures designed to scare away evil spirits from the Cathedral.

Since next TUESDAY, APRIL 21 will be our last class before presentation, please be sure to have all the following with you:

-Finish and bring in CATHEDRAL
   -Painting must be completed!
   -A cardboard or Foam board base for your Cathedral to sit on; the Dollar Tree sells a great basic foam board. This is not absolutely necessary but highly recommended to make your Cathedral easier to present for final display.

-Research and print off 4 to 6 interesting FACTS about the history of your Cathedral. 

-Bring in Cathedral folder with all your additional paperwork we've collected over the semester.