Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration (Part 2)


This is the exciting Part 2 of our Colors of the World series! Students will return to the Morgan to utilize their new illuminated manuscript knowledge in a hands-on art project. Students will use authentic materials such as malachite and cochineal to create their own watercolor paints. Using their watercolors and 22k gold leaf, they will then decorate their own ornate initial.

*This experience can take place in our classroom at the museum or in yours! If you prefer our educators to visit you at your school, please email to coordinate the visit.

Offered At

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum's school programs are anchored in teaching philosophies that define education as a way of building children's confidence as self-reliant seekers of knowledge and independent-minded creative thinkers.
In a classroom setting, the K–12 curriculum in the sciences and humanities is rarely studied through direct observation of primary sources, such as Mesopotamian seals and tablets, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare printed books, master drawings, and period architecture.

Please note that for in-person field trips, we limit groups to 15 for a more interactive and intimate experience. We can accommodate no more than 4 groups, or 60 students, at one time in our historic library.



Art, Medieval History


25 students, 1 chaperone per 8 students


90 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Price Options

$150.00 per Group for Private School

$0.00 per Group for Public School

$0.00 per Group for Title I School