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
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
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:
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ginevra de’Benci
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Small Collection of drawings
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Two Drawings
How about a close-up look at the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum?
Mona Lisa Close-Up
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.