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Leonardo da Vinci – Artist Study


I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite artist studies and combing through my archives. I decided to update a few of my more popular entries. I hope you find some fun ideas for studying Leonardo da Vinci using the resources and links provided.

Getting Started with a Picture Book-Katie and the Mona Lisa

Please note this entry has affiliate links to books I own and highly recommend.

Here are some things we’ve done along with this book in the past to enhance the reading. You’ll find illustrations in the book to get you started.

  • Draw a princess or a knight.
  • Paint a portrait of your friend with their best Mona Lisa smile.
  • Use oil pastels on black construction paper to show a beautiful spring scene.
  • Draw a fire breathing dragon and paint it with watercolors.

Create More Interest with a Fun Art Activity

We have this Dover Publications stained glass coloring book and have really enjoyed the look of the projects when we get done. I highly recommend it for artists of all ages. 🙂

Here’s a free coloring page of the Mona Lisa from Enchanted Learning:
Coloring Page on Enchanted Learning: Mona Lisa


Have a Little Picture Study Time

Last supper

If you want to take a virtual museum tour, try this online gallery:
Web Gallery of Art


Older Students Can Read an Excellent Biography

If you have an older student that wishes to know more about Leonardo, I highly recommend the Landmark Book Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily Hahn. All my boys have read this biographical book about Leonardo and enjoyed it.

Tie In Some Music Appreciation

If you are interested in listening to music that was popular during Leonardo’s time, you can try this CD. This CD says that it contains music from the most popular composers of Leonardo’s day. I listened to the whole CD online at and it was interesting to think about Leonardo being surrounded by these sounds or something similar. I love to immerse myself in a time period and this is a great way to complement your study of Leonardo da Vinci.

Visit a Leonardo Painting In Real Life!

Wouldn’t you love to see a Leonardo da Vinci close-up and personal?
Where to see a real Leonardo:

How about a close-up look at the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum?
Mona Lisa Close-Up

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Harmony Fine Arts – Leonardo Artist Studies

You can find Leonardo da Vinci featured in both Grade 2 and Grade 6 of Harmony Fine Arts.

If you want to go more in-depth and have even more outstanding suggestions for learning about this important person in art, I invite you to give either Harmony Fine Arts grade 2 or 6 a try.

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Mary Cassatt Study and HFA Thursday Promo #4 Giveaway!


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Mary Cassatt Artist Study – Links and Resources

Don’t Miss The Giveaway Below!

From Our Archives – 2007

This is the month for viewing Mary Cassatt‘s paintings in our house. As usual, I made our computer’s wallpaper one of her paintings and the boys are taking turns telling me about it.

New Link: Mary Cassatt biography video on YouTube.

We read Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artist: Mary Cassatt and had to chuckle at several of the pages. I know these books are not meant to be serious and the boys find them a great way to be introduced to a new painter. I followed up the reading of the book with viewing her artwork online, turning a rainy afternoon into a very enjoyable experience.

Mary Cassatt coloring page Dover Publications 1

The boys decided they wanted to try some sort of activity to follow up their online gallery viewing and I just happened to have Color Your Own Mary Cassatt from Dover Publications. This is such a great coloring book for colored pencils or watercolors if you pull the page out and work at a table.

Here are some paintings for you to get started in your study of this enjoyable artist.

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The Bath (La Toilette), 1891
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878
The Boating Party, 1893-94
Two Children at the Seashore, 1884

I hope you can take a few minutes this month to share this special woman impressionist painter with your children. She has a fond spot in my heart, made by the subjects of her paintings; mothers and children are something I hold dear.

Note: There are affiliate links in this post to books and resources I own and have used in my family for many years.


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Thursday Promotion #4 Mary Cassatt Coloring Book Giveaway!

Would you like to enter for a chance to win the Mary Cassatt Coloring Book from Dover Publications AND a set of colored pencils too?

Use the link to the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter before 8/26/18. I will randomly choose a winner to receive these resources for a fun study of Mary Cassatt!

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More Mary Cassatt Study with Harmony Fine Arts

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Mary Cassatt is an artist that is studied in depth during Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 and Grade 8. You may wish to take a look at purchasing one of those years if you want to learn more about Mary Cassatt with your family.

Grade 1 Link to Example and Link to Sample

Grade 8 Link to Example and Link to Sample

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Get started this year with art and music appreciation in your family!

Mary Cassatt coloring page Dover Publications 2

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Sketch Tuesday – Fauvist Revisted


Open Window, Henri Matisse

Sketch Tuesday assignment: Choose one of the suggested projects in the Four Fabulous Fauvists printable below and have some fun!

Download the printable here:

Four Fabulous Fauvists

Four Fabulous Fauvist Paintings printable

Send in your sketches by July 30, 2018 to have them included in the Sketch Tuesday slideshow.

Note I will be collecting all of July’s Sketch Tuesday assignments and posting them into one big slideshow at the end of the month.


All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: [email protected] by Monday, July 30, 2018 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

How about a waltz this week to listen to as you work on your artwork?

Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss

Wondering what is going on here for the summer?

Link here to my summer plans for Sketch Tuesday and Music Monday.

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