Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Limbourg Brothers Book of Days Art Project

The kids and I try to include at least one art lesson a week. Some of our lessons require more than one day to complete. We plan on going to the Art Institute soon and my husband and I want the kids to be familiar with some of the paintings we might see.

So we've been using the book Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. So far we love it, and it has so many hands-on activities to explore the styles and techniques of the world's greatest artists. They also break up the sections by style/date.

This week, we learned about Early Renaissance painters, The Limbourg Brothers. If you're not familiar with the Limbourg Brothers, they are three artist brothers who painted very detailed paintings using thin paintbrushes and magnifying glasses. They created a book with a calendar and pictures of the seasons.

The art activity we followed asked to create our own Book of Days. I created a template and had the kids pick a favorite thing about each season and each month in theat season. The drawings are meant to be very detailed... the kids didn't get to use magnifying glasses this time around to add more detail, but I think they still had a good time creating the first page for their book of days. They each have to create the remaining seasons for their books.

The template I designed was meant to add detail, especially where the calendar section is. I purposely designed it so that it prints light, that way your child can add their own detail and darken the outlines on their own if they wish. (If it's too light, please let me know and I can make adjustments for you. There are 4 rows of 8, which will give plenty of room for all the days in each month. This is also a great activity to learn the months, seasons, and the days in each month.

Print 4 for all the seasons!


  1. Thank you so very much for the template

  2. Thank you so much! I bought Discovering Great Artists too, but couldn't figure out what this lesson was trying to describe.

  3. I love this template! It is just what I want to do with our art group that's meeting at our house tomorrow! Thank you! My printout was so light, I couldn't see some of the lines. Is there any way to make it darker?

  4. Hi Matt,

    I have no idea why I'm not getting message notifications. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I purposely made the lines lite only because I wanted my kids to trace over and didn't want it too dark. It printed up fine on my computer, however maybe I can find the original file I made and make it slightly darker. I know you wrote this back in September, so you probably don't need it anymore. :( Email me at craftyguides@yahoo.com. You should get a quicker response from me there.