Campbellsville Middle School students are learning to draw illuminated letters.
In Jo Ann Harris’s art class, students are studying how books were written in medieval times.
When books were handwritten, the first letter of a page was often drawn much larger than the other letters and decorated with lots of color.
Some letters were illuminated with gold leaf, which Harris said made the pages of a book look beautiful.
A more modern version of illuminated letters depicts letters with bright colors and intricate designs.
Harris’s students were asked to draw an illuminated letter, choosing one of their initials, and to decorate it in a way that tells her something about the artist.
CMS seventh-grader Darious Groves colors his illuminated letter, which was drawn as a football field.
CMS seventh-grader Karley Morris colors her illuminated letter, which features many colors and designs.
CMS eighth-grader Alanna Atwood colors her illuminated letter, which features many different designs.
CMS seventh-grader Destiny Agee, at left, and Chloe Anderson color their illuminated letters.
CMS eighth-grader Blase Wheatley draws his illuminated letter, drawn to show that he enjoys hunting.
CMS seventh-grader Zamar Owens traces an “O” from a coffee can so he can design his illuminated letter.