Monday, February 16, 2015

Leonardo da Vinci

Self-portrait
Leonardo da Vinci
1452-1519
Florenz, Galleria degli Uffiai
The Renaissance can be summarized in just one name, Leonardo da Vinci.  He was one of the most diversely talented men of his day, and still remains well known as a painter, inventor, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, anatomy-scholar, and engineer.

In preparation for class we have the delight of studying one of the most famous paintings of all time, the Mona Lisa.  Please hang a copy of this image in a place where you will see it often.

What is it that makes this painting so compelling?

La Joconde (Mona Lisa)
circa. 1503-1506
oil on poplar wood
Musee du Louvre, France
Our project this month is creating graphite sketches to display at the SEE Science Museum in Manchester.  

For this project you will need:

  • Tru Ray Acid Free Construction Paper (assorted colors) - 1 piece white cut to 12”x12” (or 8.5 x 8.5 if that is the largest size you have) per student 
  • 3 Drawing Pencils #HB, 2B, and 4B - need 1 set per student
  • (for worksheet only) Prang crayons, one 8 color set - need: 1 set per student
  • 1  glue stick - can be shared
  • 1 kneaded eraser - can be shared
  • optional: paper towels or baby wipes to keep fingers clean
Looking forward to seeing you Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30!