We actually ended up spending a couple days for Da Vinci, since he did so much.
Magic Tree House #38 Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne
Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt
Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
Leonardo’s Horse by Jean Fritz
Watch: The Animated Hero Classics Leonardo da Vinci
Discuss: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian Renaissance artist and inventor. He is considered a genius and painted many wonderful pieces. He was always sketching in his notebooks about his ideas and things that he had seen. He wrote his notes backwards so that if you held it up to a mirror you could read it.
Artist Journal: Print out a work of art for the artist and glue it in the book. Write the title of the work of art and the name of the artist. Write the years of the artist’s life and what type of art he did. Da Vinci created a flying machine that he called The Great Bird. Sketch a picture of your own flying machine invention. Give your invention a name.
Virtuvian Man Experiment
Read: Leonardo’s Horse by Jean Fritz has a good picture of the Vitruvian Man without showing the nudity but not covering up too much of the drawing.
Discuss: Leonardo’s drawing Vitruvian Man is based on a model of ideal proportions which Vitruvius established. It is of a man with outstretched arms and legs which touch both the circumference of the circle and the perimeter of the square. When you look at the drawing you can see the length of the man’s arm span is equal to the height of the man.
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Cement area (driveway)
- Have the child lay down with feet straight and arms outstretched.
- Take the yarn and measure the child from head to toe with it. Cut the yarn that size.
- Take the same piece of yarn and measure from finger tip to finger tip. See if it matches.
- Go outside to the driveway. Fold the piece of yarn in half.
- Have the child hold one end of the folded yarn on the ground and don’t let it move.
- You take the other end of the yarn and tie it around a piece of chalk. Then draw a circle like using a compass.
- Have the child lay down the same way on the cement in the middle of the circle (finger tips and toes should be touching the circle..
- Use the chalk to trace the outline of the child in the circle and square.
- See if your outstretched arms equal your height too.
Mona Lisa Puzzle
We used page 71 of this Unit for out Mona Lisa Puzzle.
Read: pg. 19 in Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga.
Discuss: Leonardo da Vinci was always taking things apart to see how they worked. He also drew and took notes about each piece of whatever he happened to be taking apart. He wrote his notes backwards so they could be read in a mirror.
- Something to take apart (an orange, cassette tape, flashlight, ring stack toy)
- Drawing paper
- Colored Pencils
- First sketch a drawing of the object as a whole.
- Then take the object apart and draw each piece separately (be sure to label each piece with backwards writing).
- Then color the sketches with colored pencils.
Da Vinci’s Catapult
Renaissance Artists Unit Study