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During the month of March, the students focused on the art of Ireland. Kindergarten through Fourth Grade was introduced to the Celtic cross. These stone crosses emerged as early as the 7th and 8th century in Ireland as well as various parts of Europe. These crosses were often carved in stone and heavily decorated with knot or lace-work patterns. The knots have come to be seen as both decorative and symbolic in nature, representing the eternal love of God. After viewing examples of these crosses, the students made drawings of patterns which were added to their own cross.
Grades 5 through 8 were introduced to the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript created between the 6th and 9th century. It is a collection of the four Gospels produced by hand by a group of monks from the Abbey of Kells. The book is admired for its beautiful calligraphy and its elaborate illustrations of religious imagery. It is also an expression of devotion, as these monks dedicated many years to producing this body of work. After viewing examples from the Book of Kells, the students were given a biblical passage to illustrate. The first letter of the passage was enlarged and decorated with various patterns of knots, vines, and animals. The students then wrote out the rest of the passage to complete their design. They have done a tremendous job in illustrating this work!
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