PBLesson Food on Canvas in Old Testament

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                                                            Project-based Lesson


Project Title / project based lesson: Food on Canvas in Old Testament


Project Idea: Study of paintings, the museum inclusion in the educational process


Lesson Objectives: To create and implemante of the connection School – Museum. To link  the educational process with museum visits. To fulfill and expand  the knowledge of the students about  paintings in Old Testment enriches their aesthetic.


21st Century Skills Learning Skills &

Technology Tools

Teaching Strategies


Evidence of Success
Information and


File sharing and Storage Systems Applications;


Social Networks in learning;

Blogs- WordPress);

Podcasts – Podcastagregator;

Planning and synchronization of educational tasks in Web;

Sharing multimedia applications and create private video channels.

Research into  the Old Testament Bible story

Description of specific paintings related to the Old Testament

Research into  the dishes depicted in the paintings

(Building the

Skill of


through the Art

Recognition of the

museum exhibits

and work with them; )


IT skills

Knowledge based skills

Presentation and communication skills

Teamwork skills

Thinking and Reasoning Skills Thinking over the topic/idea

Reflecting on the

Old Testament history ;

Identifying the main idea of the pieces of art

Linking the real life experiences of the students with the new knowledge and skills; rethinking of the art through the paintings Rationalization of the knowledge
Thinking and Reasoning Skills at the working place Ability in teamworking; argumentation;

Reflection and implementation of other tasks

Visual presentation of an element from the studied material (picture) and discussion Knowledge transfer; Work algorithm



Performance Objectives: Students to remember what they do because they themselves participate in the discovery; to activate all the channels of the perception – logically – analytical, psychomotor, sensual.


Structure of the lesson:

  1. The teacher presents an introduction lecture about the Old Testemony and the holidays, representeed in the Art through the following paintings:Adam and Eve, 1598 – Peter Paul Rubens
  • Belshazzar`s Feast, ca. 1541- 42 – Tintoretto
  • The Cathering of the Manna, 1470 – Master of the Cathering of the Manna
  • The Feast of Absalom, ca. 1657 – Mattia Preti
  • The Banquet of Esther and Abasuerus, ca. 1548 – Giorgio Vasari
  1. The teacher devides the class in 2 groups and sets the following tasks:

1st Group: visits virtual museums, searches for information and makes an anotation about the paintings of the respective painters and biography data for the painter;

2nd Group: investigates the meals, painted on the respective museum exhibit and the legend of the Old Testament, which is depicted on the painting;

  1. Research activity: The students, devided into groups, carry out the tasks and present the investigation they have done;
  2. As a final product the students make a portfolio and a blog “Food on Canvas in the Testament”.


Assessment Plan:

By assessing outputs(a portfolio and a blog) the teacher assesses the students’ productive knowledge – understanding of the facts, concepts of operation, understanding of principles; the utilization of knowledge – their applications, their contribution in solving of various tasks; creative capability-

skills to problematize, to make conclusions and assumptions in lack of information, to select appropriate research methods to present their interpretation on the subject;

participate in discussions, analysis and synthesis of problems – initially specified in the project.



Major Group Products:

  • Portfolio
  • Blog – http://foodoncanvas.blogspot.bg/


Main individual products: Written research elaboration


Assessment and Result Marking:


Teamwork; written communication; critical thinking and problem solving;

verbal communication.




Plan of the Project:

The students explore five paintings:

  • Belshazzar`s Feast, ca. 1541- 42 – Tintoretto
  • The Cathering of the Manna, 1470 – Master of the Cathering of the Manna
  • The Feast of Absalom, ca. 1657 – Mattia Preti
  • The Banquet of Esther and Abasuerus, ca. 1548 – Giorgio Vasari


They describe:


  • The story that inspired the artists;
  • The period of the drawing of the pictures;
  • What is depicted in the paintings;
  • What food is served;
  • What are the drinks;


They think:


  • What are the symbols of the food in the art;
  • Who are the religious symbols;
  • What are the moral characters;


Materials and equipment:  virtual museums visit, computers and  Internet, flipchart


Guidance of the Learning process:  teacher introduces the topic of the lesson to the students  and gives  them consistently different type of tasks to be performed.


Manage the Process of the Lesson:

  1. Lecture – introduction, familiarization with the specific task;
  2. Virtual museums visit;
  3. Tasking research of the students – divided into 2 groups. Each group examines and reflects on поставените задачи;

4.They present their search, the symbols found; make their own message about the value.


Project Evaluation:  The museum education creates a lasting interest in the students to the arts, encourages the discovery and the demand; stimulates creative thinking and provokes the students to present their interpretation on the subject.


Final Students products:

  • Portfolio
  • Blog – http://foodoncanvas.blogspot.bg/


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