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Leonardo da Vinci – Artist Study

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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 Amazon.com 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 Naxos.com 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

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 2

Harmony Fine Arts Cover grade 6

 

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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Harmony Fine Arts – Updated Links

The plans for HFA were written so families could use the very best resources for art and music, including online internet links. This creates the task of making sure those online links to my preferred resources are still working by actually checking the links periodically.
Harmony Fine Arts Broken Links Updates @harmonyfinearts
When we check those links, if we find a broken one, we attempt to restore it or replace it with a working link.

Check Your Account for Updated Files!

A fresh edition is created and posted to customers accounts. If you have an account on HFA and have made a purchase, you can access the updated version in your account.
Or, if you prefer, I create a PDF listing only the updates and then post that file under the “Updates” tab at the top of the website. Click Updates, scroll down to the grade desired, and then click and save the document.
Grade 1
We just recently updated HFA grade 1 plans so check your account for the new version.
Harmony Fine Arts Broken Links Updates @harmonyfinearts
For future reference, you can find the answer to this question under the FAQ section here on HFA.

Drawing With Children Markers and Free Lesson Plans!

Drawing with Children – Marker Preferences and Free Lesson Plans!

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I receive many questions about my preferences for art supplies: Which brand? What size set? Where to buy them for an affordable price?

Many times these questions are asking me about my suggestions for markers to use with the learn to draw book, Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes.

Please note this entry includes Amazon.com affiliate links to products I use and highly recommend!

My short answer is that if you can afford to purchase a set of Prismacolor double-ended markers you won’t be disappointed.

Prismacolor markers are expensive but this is one area where the up-front cost is worth it. You will buy these once. The tips on these markers are great and with the double-ended design you can pick a thick or a thin line to start with. One warning about these markers: They will bleed through most paper so you want to make sure you have a scratch piece of paper under your artwork.

PrismaColor Markers

Note: You will need to train your children to put the caps back onto these markers securely or they will dry out rather fast. You will need to be vigilant about checking the caps when you put them away after your art lesson.

I’m giving you a link to a rather large set but you can purchase smaller sets at your local art supply store. I buy my Prismacolor markers at Michael’s and you can purchase individual colors as you need to replace markers from the set.

I also have one son who actually prefers to use Crayola markers for his artwork. I’ve given you links to the two sets we use the most in our house. These are a great marker and I actually still use these in my own drawing and art projects.

Crayola Super Tips Markers

 

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Are you interested in using the Drawing With Children book alongside your nature journaling? I have created a complete series of lesson plans to go along with this book that you can download for free! You will need to click over to the first lesson and scroll down for the download.

Drawing With Children – Nature Journal Style  Lesson Plans

 

 

 

 

Cover Grade 4

Please note that Drawing With Children is part of the Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Curriculum. You can click over to read more about this art and music appreciation plan here:

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Explanation

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Sample

The plans in Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 relate the lessons to a study of great art and artists. Please see page 9 in the sample linked above to get an idea how I do this in the plans.

 

 

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You may wish to read more about my various suggestions for art supplies on my Hub Page: Art Supplies for Kids.

 

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