Byzantine Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about art of the Byzantine world. Two engaging videos describe art, architecture and mosaics along with their history and characteristics. Students apply content to activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe history and characteristics of Byzantine art
  • analyze Byzantine art and architecture
  • create an art piece that depicts Byzantine art characteristics


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Images of Byzantine art and architecture
  • Quiz made from the first and second lessons, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Icon
  • Greek cross
  • Pendentive
  • Mosaics
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Iconoclasm
  • Mary Theotokos
  • Christ Pantocrater

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

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