Greetings Art Educators,
I don't remember for what grade level you are looking for a lesson on
I did a triptych lesson for two years with my 8th graders - to tie in
with Renaissance Art - AND explorers (and a research project they had
to do for 8th grade Social Studies). Other years, we did shadow boxes
(as the prep work was easier for me - and more affordable for me. I
bought - and cut - Masonite for the triptychs. I used heavy corrugated
cardboard for the shadow boxes.).
For the triptychs, I used this work by Annalee Davis from Barbados -
and religious altar pieces from Renaissance.
I "discovered" her work in the book: Caribbean Visions: Contemporary
Painting and Sculpture (Copyright 1995 Art Services International,
Students did a "hero" of their choice (or could select an explorer).
They had to do a research project on a person for social studies. They
used their artwork done in my class for an illustration for the
The actual lesson plan is quite lengthy. It would be better for you to
write your own - but please do use the idea of "Heroes". I triptych is
a suitable way to honor a hero. Some of taken my lesson and changed it
to self portraits - another great use for the triptych - a "personal
Hope this helps spark some ideas.